Lus y Wooishall – The Wishing Herb – Yarrow

Lus y Wooishall – The Wishing Herb – Yarrow

Cut by the light of the new moon by a young woman who said as a charm:


“Good morra, green yarra,
Good morra, green yarra,
Good morra green yarra to thee;
Tell me tonight
Before to-morra
Who my true love shall be.

If he appears to me in blue,
His love to me shall ever be true;
If he appears to me in green,
His love to me shall never be seen;
If he appears to me in grey,
His love for me is far away.”

 

Then the yarrow is brought home and placed under the pillow and the mystic dream is expected.


(source: Vocabulary of the Anglo-Manx Dialect by AW Moore, S Morrison & E Goodwin (1924); photo)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

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