The Town Lovers

: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales

A game played by boys and girls. A girl is placed in the middle of a

ring, and says the following lines, the names being altered to suit the

party. She points to each one named, and at the last line, the party

selected immediately runs away, and if the girl catches him, he pays a

forfeit, or the game is commenced again, the boy being placed in the

middle, and the lines, mutatis mutandis, serve for a reversed


There is a girl of our town,

She often wears a flowered gown:

Tommy loves her night and day,

And Richard when he may,

And Johnny when he can:

I think Sam will be the man!