My Mother, non-Welsh-speaking, recalls her Grandmother (Mam gi) using this
"toe" rhyme (her rendering is partly phonetic)
Fen da bys (bys = finger) or toe?
Wibin ho bys
Bys bach dri an gwr (bach =little (masculine))
Y pen dan dwr (head under water)
Regards to all
Researching BATTEN & BEYNON, Milford Haven (esp. Capt. Walter Batten born
Harwich, Essex 1820)
MATHIAS: Milford Haven & PEM
HOWELLS & MORGAN (Ystumtuen & CGN) late 1800s
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Ball" <wfha(a)clara.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2001 8:13 AM
Subject: [Dyfed] Welsh Nursery Rhymes
Can anyone help fellow researcher Beverley Waller <bevwaller(a)home.com>
identify a half-remembered Welsh nursery rhyme?
Beverley wrote to me as follows:
My grandfather used to tell me a nursery rhyme in Welsh and I have not
been able to find it. I know the Welsh are known for their humor and I'm
sure this will give you a good laugh at my rendition here because I'm
spelling it like it sounds in English.....actually the way I remember it
from many years ago so there could be an added glitch of distorted
memory....anyway here goes:
Mini bowd, peace boyd, nikki pippin, penti cogan, and chicki bach bach.
I can't recall the first 4 but the last one is wee barro minion.
He used to say it while wiggling my toes or fingers much like we use
This Little Piggy Went to Market.
A Welsh friend recognises some of the individual phrases (e.g. "peace
boyd" = bys bawd), but not the piece as a whole
If you think you can identify the rhyme from Beverley's phonetic
spellings, I would value your help.
John Ball, South Wales, UK
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