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Noble Duke of York, The

Another well-liked action rhyme for kids.

Oh, the noble Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.

Cause when you're up,
And when you're down, you're down,
But when you're only halfway up,
You're neither up nor down.

And he marched them to the left,
And he marched them to the right,
And he marched them over upside-down,
Oh, what a silly sight!
(or, "and he marched them out of sight")

This is also fun as a standing and marching activity. Just follow the actions implied!

Motions 1: lap ride
Legs out straight; bounce child on lap

Lift child up by bending knees towards chest
Straighten legs

Bend knees
Straighten legs
Bend knees halfway
Bend knees on "up"; straighten legs on "down"

Lean to the left
Lean to the right
Tip over backwards
Open legs on "sight" and let child plop down to ground
(cover child's eyes)