“Round About the Punchbowl”


"Round about the punchbowl," "First time never to fall," "Second time catching time," "Third time kissing time"


Leyden describes the ring game for this song.

Leyden's second version, "collected by Clara M Patterson at Ballymiscaw Primary School in the 1890s," adds floating lines "Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes" [see "Banbury Cross"] and "Up the heathery mountain and down the rushy glen We dare not go a-hunting for Conor and his men" [see, for example, "Shane Crossagh"] - BS


  1. Leyden 21, "Round About the Punchbowl" (2 texts)
  2. Roud #12974
  3. BI, Leyd021


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Marshall, _Popular Rhymes And Sayings Of Ireland_, according to Leyden)
Found in: Ireland