Here Is the Church
DESCRIPTION: "Here is the church, and here is the steeple. Open the doors and here are the people. Here is the parson going upstairs And here he is a-saying his prayers."
EARLIEST DATE: 1903 (Newell)
KEYWORDS: clergy playparty
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 102, "Here is the church, and here is the steeple" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #605, p. 240, "(Here is the Church)"
Newell, #79, "The Church and the Steeple" (1 text)
cf. "Here Are the Lady's Knives and Forks"
NOTES: Opie-Oxford2: "Newell (1883) collected the first two lines of the text in the U.S.A." - BS
And this one is still played today, or was in my youth, although not really as a game; it was more a coordination exercise, I think. - RBW
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