“Dance, Thumbkin, Dance”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1831 (Mrs Child's Girls Own Book, according to Opie-Oxford2)
Keywords: nonballad

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

References

  1. Opie-Oxford2 500, "Dance, Thumbkin, dance" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #576, p. 233, "(Dance Thumbkin, Dance)"
  3. Roud #12837
  4. BI, BGMG576