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Poem by James McIntyre


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. 

James McIntyre

James McIntyre's other poems:
  1. Canadian Thames
  2. The Great Fire of Ingersoll
  3. Shelley
  4. Wars in Queen Victorias Reign
  5. Lines on Norwich

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Robert Burns Halloween ("UPON that night, when fairies light") 1785
  • George MacDonald Halloween ("Sweep up the flure, Janet")
  • John Mayne Halloween ("OF a' the festivals we hear")
  • Madison Cawein Halloween ("It was down in the woodland on last Hallowe'en")

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