Green Gravel





Girls form a circle and dance around one of their number. The girl in

the ring turns her head gravely as a messenger advances, while the rest

sing to a pleasing air--



Green gravel, green gravel,

The grass grows so green,

The fairest of ladies,

Is fit to be seen.

Dear ----, Dear ----

Your true love is dead;

The king sends you a letter

To turn back your head.



The process is repeated calling each child by name until all of the

children have so turned. Turning the head is the sign of sorrow. The

game is continued by the following verse in which the lost lovers

appear:



Dear ----, Dear ----

Your true love's not slain,

The king sends you a letter

To turn around again.



And the dancers who have all turned about, are one by one made to face

the ring.





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