Oranges and Lemons

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Traditional game played in Wales




"Oranges and Lemons" is a game in which two children -- one designated an orange and the other a lemon -- hold their arms out, making an arch through which other children pass. A rhyme is sung as the children walk through. The rhyme is: "Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Clement's. You owe me five farthings, say the bells of St. Martin's. When will you pay me, say the bells of Old Bailey. When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch. When will that be, say the bells of Stepney? I'm sure I don't know, says the great bells at Bow. Here comes a candle to light you to bed. Here comes a chopper to chop off your head. Chop chop chip chop the last man's head." At this point the arch falls on a child. The child is then asked secretly if they want to be an orange or a lemon. That child then stands behind the lemon or orange team leader. At the end of the games there is often a tug of war between the two teams to see which is the strongest


  • St david's day
  • Traditional game
  • wales

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