Текст оригинала на английском языке
A tale we'll tell of what hath been When maids and youths kept Halloween. It is a tale of old world lore What happened in the days of yore, When fairies danced upon the green So merrily on Halloween, And witches did play many a trick Assisted by their auld friend Nick, And lovers meet around the fire Near to the one their hearts desire, For to burn nuts for to discover The truthfulness of their lover. They first did give each nut a name, This was Sandy, that was Jane, If they did blaze side by side, She knew her husband, he his bride, But if one up the chimney flew, One knew the other was not true. And one sure test did never fail, Blindfold to find good stock of kale, To pull the first comes to the hand With heavy roots of earth and sand, For the very weight of mould Does denote weight of lovers gold. In tubs children love to splatter, Ducking for apples in the water, For such were the delights of yore, Which soon will cease forevermore; At Balmoral Castle Britain's Queen Oft' celebrated Halloween, But Highland landlords now do clear Land of men to make room for deer, But here upon Canadian soil A man may own where he doth toil.
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