Pray, Pretty Miss
DESCRIPTION: "Pray, pretty Miss, will you come out to help us in our dancing?" She says "no" They say she is naughty and ask another girl. She says "yes" and they are happy with "a good miss"/"Jolly old lass" for dancing.
EARLIEST DATE: 1882 (Allen)
KEYWORDS: dancing nonballad playparty
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1570, "Wha'll Come into My Wee Hoose?" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 41, "Pray, Pretty Miss" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Miss Allen, "Children's Game-Rhymes" in [Relics of Popular Antiquities, &c.] The Folk-Lore Record (London, 1882 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. V, #16 p. 87, ("Pray, pretty Miss, will you come out to help us with our dancing?") "Yorkshire(Sheffield.)" (1 text)
cf. "Nuts in May" (tune, per Opie-Game)
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