Can Anybody Help with an Old Welsh Nursery Rhyme?

Alexsandra wrote asking for help with a Welsh lap rhyme. Here’s her note…

Can anybody help me find an old Welsh nursery rhyme? It was an action rhyme which involved being bounced on a knee like a horsey ride. In very bad phonetics it goes as follows (I have the first line more than the others…), but the rhythmic structure below is correct…

‘ A doli per doli padink,
(Da dumdedum dumde da dink,
Didlle de doy, dodlle de doy,
Dodle dar disseye)
Dadum darcissici.’

It was from my Grandma, from the time when Welsh was whacked out of them. I would really love to know it.

Thank you, Alexandra

If anyone can help, please comment below. 

Thanks in advance! -Mama Lisa

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4 Responses to “Can Anybody Help with an Old Welsh Nursery Rhyme?”

  1. Sheila Says:

    I have no idea if this was originally Welsh, and I only know it in English: Horsey, horsey, take me to the corner, when we get there, let the driver drop! Bounce the little one on your knee as you say it, then pretend to let them fall off your lap as you get to the end. Maybe this helps?

  2. Stephen Parry Says:

    The rhyme is Gee Cefyl bach

    Gee ceffyl bach yn cario ni’n dau
    dros y mynydd i hela cnau
    dŵr yn yr afon a’r cerrig yn slic
    cwympo ni’n dau, wel dyna i chi dric!

    You would bounce the child on your knee until the last line when you would pretend to drop him/her

  3. Mary Says:

    pedoli pedoli pedinc
    mi fynnai bedoli pe costia’i mi bunt

  4. Lisa Says:

    Here’s more of Mary’s rhyme which may be the answer to the original inquiry?

    Pedoli, pedoli, pedoli, pe-dinc,
    mi fynnaf bedoli
    pe gostiai mi bunt,
    pedol yn ôl a phedol ymlaen,
    pedol yn eisiau o dan y droed asau,
    bi-dinc, bi-dinc bi-dinc x 2

    It comes from this site where they wrote, “Pedoli, Pedoli, Pe-dinc is a song about a blacksmith making horseshoes. The ‘Pedinc, pedinc, pedinc’ imitates the sound of the hammer as he shapes the horseshoe.”

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