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SUPERSTITION:  SPARROWS


Description: If a sparrow enters a house it is an omen of the death of one of the people who live there.

Origin: Roman

For the ancient Romans, sparrows were sacred to a group of family gods called the Penates, and carried the souls of the newly dead from a household. In later times the appearance of a sparrow in a house foretold an impending death; the solution was to catch and kill the bird, which might prevent the death, but brought more general bad luck.


 

SPARROWS - GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK OR JUST A BIRD?

SPARROWS - GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK





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Note: These superstitions were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website: Stuart Macfarlane )

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The Wee Cock Sparra by Duncan Macrae

A wee cock sparra sat on a tree,
A wee cock sparra sat on a tree,
A wee cock sparra sat on a tree
Chirpin awa as blithe as could be.

Alang came a boy wi'a bow and an arra,
Alang came a boy wi'a bow and an arra,
Alang came a boy wi'a bow and an arra
And he said: 'I'll get ye, ye wee cock sparra.'

The boy wi' the arra let fly at the sparra,
The boy wi' the arra let fly at the sparra,
The boy wi' the arra let fly at the sparra,
And he hit a man that was hurlin' a barra.

The man wi' the barra cam owre wi' the arra,
The man wi' the barra cam owre wi' the arra,
The man wi' the barra cam owre wi' the arra,
And said: 'Ye take me for a wee cock sparra?'

The man hit the boy, tho he wasne his farra,
The man hit the boy, tho he wasne his farra,
The man hit the boy, tho he wasne his farra
And the boy stood and glowered; he was hurt tae the marra.

And a' this time the wee cock sparra,
And a' this time the wee cock sparra,
And a' this time the wee cock sparra
Was chirpin awa on the shank o' the barra.

 
 
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