Current superstitions: collected from the oral tradition of English speaking folk, Volume 4 (Google eBook)
Fanny Dickerson Bergen, William Wells Newell
Published for the American Folk-Lore Society by Houghton, Mifflin, 1896 - Social Science - 167 pages
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Page 39 - One, I love, Two, I love, Three, I love, I say, Four, I love with all my heart, And five, I cast away ; Six, he loves, Seven, she loves, Eight, they both love ; Nine, he comes, Ten, he tarries, Eleven, he courts, Twelve, he marries ; Thirteen wishes, Fourteen kisses, All the rest little witches.
Page 154 - THAT temperamental dignotions and conjecture of prevalent humors may be collected from spots in our nails, we are not averse to concede, but yet not ready to admit sundry divinations vulgarly raised upon them. Nor do we observe it verified in others, what Cardan discovered as a property in himself, to have found therein some signs of most events that ever happened unto him ; or that there is much considerable in that doctrine of...
Page 155 - When first the Year, I heard the Cuckoo sing, And call with welcome Note the budding Spring, I straightway set a running with such Haste, Deb'rah, that won the Smock, scarce ran so fast. 'Till spent for lack of Breath, quite weary grown, Upon a rising Bank I sat adown...
Page 145 - Sneeze on Monday, sneeze for danger; Sneeze on Tuesday, kiss a stranger; Sneeze on Wednesday, sneeze for a letter; Sneeze on Thursday, something better; Sneeze on Friday, sneeze for sorrow; Sneeze on Saturday, your sweetheart tomorrow. Sneeze on Sunday, your safety seek, For the devil will chase you the rest of the week.
Page 154 - ... signify things past, in the middle, things present, and at the bottom, events to come ; that white specks presage our felicity, blue ones our misfortunes ; that those in the nail of the thumb have significations of honor, those in the forefinger of riches, and so respectively in other fingers, (according to planetical relations, from whence they receive their names,) as Tricassus hath taken up, and Picciolus well rejecteth.
Page 168 - The membership fee is three dollars, payable on the 1st of January in each year. Members are entitled to receive the Journal of American FolkLore, a periodical appearing quarterly, and of which eight volumes have already been issued, each volume containing about three hundred and fifty octavo pages. The Journal is published for the Society by Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston and New York. The work of the Society includes publication and research in regard to the religious ceremonies, ethical conditions,...
Page 165 - Mass. Clarence M. Hyde, New York, NY E. Francis Hyde, New York, NY Frederick E. Hyde, New York, NY A. Jacobi, New York, NY Edward C. James, New York, NY Miss Louise Kennedy, Concord, Mass. Walter Learned, New London, Conn. Charles McK. Leoser, New York, NY Benjamin Lord, New York, NY Albert Matthews, Boston, Mass.
Page 160 - The squaws generally agreed that they had discovered life enough in them to render my medicine too great for the Mandans, saying that such an operation could not be performed without taking away from the original something of his existence, which I put in the picture, and they could see it move, see it stir.
Page 166 - William L. Richardson, Boston, Mass. Charles Schaffer, Philadelphia, Pa. Otto B. Schlutter, Hartford, Conn. C. Bernard Shea, Pittsburgh, Pa. Gardner P. Stickney, Milwaukee, Wis. Brandreth Symonds, New York, NY John S. Tilney, Orange, NJ Henry H. Vail, New York, NY Alfred M.