School: Kilmore (roll number 16126)

Kilmore, Co. Leitrim
Máire, Bean Uí Shamhráin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0226, Page 504

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    3/ "All for my Lord's Table"
    Slapping Game
    All stand round, + place left hand on wall. Each in him repeats the rhyme_
    14 ships upon the rain
    7 for France + 7 for Spain
    13 Swallows in a nest and their tails turned to the west
    12 Cows giving milk and their bones as fine as silk
    11 maidens in a ring
    6 to dance and 5 to sing
    10 horses shod and shorn.
    Their tails + manes in very good form
    9 busy hammers and an anvil dancing
    8 signified ministers in a pulpit preaching
    7 squibble squabblers in a crab tree screeching
    6 grey geese in a green field feeding
    5 piggy wiggles in a rye field roosting
    4 hares headless
    3 plump partridges, 2 Duks and a fat hen
    All for my Lord's Table
    The person failing to repeat the whole gets a slap on the cheek from the person next who then takes up the rhyming.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. social activities (~7)
        1. entertainments and recreational activities (~5,933)
          1. games
            1. wake games (~170)
        2. rites of passage (~573)
          1. death (~1,076)
    Mrs Holohan
    Kilmore, Co. Leitrim