Old Witch (I)

DESCRIPTION: "Now all you children stay at home, And be good girls while I am gone; Let no one in... Especially you, my daughter Sue, Or else I'll beat you black and blue." A witch tries to lure the children away from the mother
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1903 (Newell)
KEYWORDS: playparty children mother
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Newell, #154, "Old Witch" (1 text of "Old Witch" plus 1 text of "Chickee Chickee Ma Craney Crow (Hawks and Chickens)"); #190, "Old Witch" (no text, but apparently Newell considers it another version of this game)
cf. Welsch, pp. 297-300, "Old Witch" (1 text and description, with only a few words in common with Newell but several of the same concepts)

File: Newe154

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