County Folk-lore, Volume 4

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Folk-Lore Society, 1904 - Folklore
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Page 175 - March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, A bushel of March dust is worth a king's ransom.
Page 174 - The hind had as lief see His wife on the bier As that Candlemas Day Should be pleasant and clear.
Page 178 - ST. Swithin's day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain : St. Swithin's day if thou be fair, For forty days 'twill rain na mair.
Page 77 - Northumberland on this night ; the inhabitants carried some kind of firebrands about the fields of their respective villages. They made encroachments, on these occasions, upon the bonfires of the neighbouring towns, of which they took away some of the ashes by force. This they called " carrying off the flower (probably the flour) of the wake.
Page 100 - A bell, too, must be rung while the corpse is conducted to church, and during the bringing it out of the church to the grave.
Page 173 - Eve night-wind blow south, It betokeneth warmth and growth ; If west, much milk, and fish in the sea ; If north, much cold and storms there will be ; If east, the trees will bear much fruit ; If north-east, flee it man and brute."] NEW YEAR'S DAY.
Page 88 - Christmas comes but once a year : And when it comes, it brings good cheer : But when it's gone it's never the near.
Page 113 - London Bridge is broken down, Broken down, broken down, London Bridge is broken down, My fair lady. Build it up with wood and clay, Wood and clay, wood and clay, Build it up with wood and clay, My fair lady.
Page 89 - In the North, children are drawn through a hole cut in the Groaning Cheese, on the day they are christened. Borlase, in his " Antiquities of Cornwall,
Page 61 - ... ie soul), when required to make asseverations in matters which they think of consequence. In combinations of the colliers, &c., about Newcastle-uponTyne, for the purpose of raising their wages, they are said to spit upon a stone together, by way of cementing their confederacy. Hence the popular saying, when persons are of the same party, or agree in sentiments, that "they spit upon the same stone.