Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,
Jennifer
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... for a secret that's never been told...

I've had that phrase in my head ever since I walked out of the vet's office to find three very large black birds sitting opposite my car. The poem's last line popped into my head and I began to wonder what number 3 was. Then again, I also couldn't remember what type of bird heralded the omen. My guess was magpies. So, I went looking on the web for the poem and this is what I found.


Crows
One for sorrow,
two for joy -
three for girls
and four for boys,
five for silver
six for gold,
seven for a secret never to be told..."

COUNTING CROWS
Seven black birds in a tree,
Count them and see what they be,
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret that's never been told.

Turkeys (?? Turkeys??)
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three brings letters,
Four, a boy;
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret that's never been told.

Magpies... (Which does appear to be the original.)
One for sorrow,
Two for joy;
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy.
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret that's never been told.

Two variations of this rhyme are:
One for sorrow,
two for mirth,
three for a wedding,
four for birth,
five for rich,
six for poor,
Seven for a witch,
I can tell you no more.

One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil's own sel'.

Neat!
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