Dance, Thumbkin, Dance
DESCRIPTION: A childrens's game for the fingers: "Dance, Thumbkin, dance, Dance, ye merry men, every one: But Thumbkin, he can dance alone, Thumbkin, he can dance alone." Similarly for the other four digits, Foreman, Longman, Ringman, Littleman
EARLIEST DATE: 1831 (Mrs Child's Girls Own Book, according to Opie-Oxford2)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 500, "Dance, Thumbkin, dance" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #576, p. 233, "(Dance Thumbkin, Dance)"
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