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What Shall We Do Now?               27
There was a man and his name was Cob He had a wife and her name was Mob, He had a dog and his name was Bob, She had a cat and her name was Chitterbob.
" Bob," says Cob ;
" Chitterbob," says Mob Bob was Cob's dog, Mob's cat was Chitterbob,
Cob, Mob, Bob, and Chitterbob.
In the old way of playing " Chitterbob" a paper horn used to be twisted into the player's hair for each mistake made in the recitation, and at the end these horns could be got rid of only by paying forfeits.
" The Muffin Man " is another variety. The players sit in a circle, and the game is begun by one of them turning to the next and asking, either in speech or in songó
Oh, do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man ? Oh, do you know the muffin man who lives in Drury Lane ?
The reply isó
Oh, yes I know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man, Oh, yes I know the muffin man who lives in Drury Lane.
Both players then repeat togetheró
Then two of us know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man, Then two of us know the muffin man who lives in Drury Lane.
This done, the second player turns to the third and the same question and answer are given ; but when it comes to the commentó
Then three of us know the muffin man, . . .
the first player also joins in. At the end therefore, if there are eight people playing, the whole company is singingó
Then eight of us know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man, Then eight of us know the muffin man who lives in Drury Lane.
The muffin man.
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