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« on: 02 June 2008, 09:45:01 »

Posted here so that this piece of doggerel makes it into the Compendium (thus giving Arti a headache as he tries to decide WHERE it should go....)   Actually I think we have a 'Counting Rhymes' AND a 'Children's Rhymes' section, so he has a choice!


This short counting rhyme is about a century old, and comes from the Manthrian peasants and farmers, who say that one can foretell a child's basic nature by the day of the week upon which he or she was born.  Note that they, with stolid cynicism, attribute a nature exactly opposite that which one might expect:  a child born on the day named after money and its affairs will be a spendthrift, for example.   

Some farmwomen still take this old superstition so seriously that the Manthrian herbwives and Baveras'Wills continue to do a good trade in 'Babe-bringer Draughts', or labour-inducing tinctures , which they swear when taken properly will bring the babe on the day desired.  Most of these draughts contain nothing more powerful than Black Raspberry, Wombloose, Mithril Birch sap and the like, which if they do fail to induce labour on the day desired,  at the very least will do no harm....



A Prayday child is rebel or flirt,
 While a Washday child loves earth and dirt.
Payday's babe in his purse hath a hole,
Midsday's child seeks things of the soul.
On Gamesday born - will never win,
Bakeday birth fates a child too thin -
But a Fastday tot will surely thrive,
Double chins ere he comes to wive.
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« Reply #1 on: 21 June 2008, 18:29:50 »

Any short intro for this one, Judy?
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« Reply #2 on: 21 June 2008, 19:18:00 »

"This short counting rhyme is about a century old, and comes from the Manthrian peasants and farmers, who say that one can foretell a child's basic nature by the day of the week upon which he or she was born.  Note that they, with stolid cynicism, attribute a nature exactly opposite that which one might expect:  a child born on the day named after money and its affairs will be a spendthrift, for example.   

Some farmwomen still take this old superstition so seriously that the Manthrian herbwives and Baveras'Wills continue to do a good trade in 'Babe-bringer Draughts', or labour-inducing tinctures , which they swear when taken properly will bring the babe on the day desired.  Most of these draughts contain nothing more powerful than Black Raspberry, Wombloose, Mithril Birch sap and the like, which if they do fail to induce labour on the day desired,  at the very least will do no harm...."


That do for you, dear Sage?
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« Reply #3 on: 21 June 2008, 20:48:37 »

Yeah sure, thanks :D
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