animals, poetry

Superstition surrounding the badger

These verses were found approximately 200 years ago on the fly-leaf of an old bible.

“Should a badger cross the path
   which thou hast taken, then
Good luck is thine, so it be said
    Beyond the luck of men.

But if it cross in front of thee,
    Beyond where thou shalt tread,
And if by chance doth turn the mould
    Thou art numbered with the dead!”

(It’s probably self-explanatory but for anyone who doesn’t speak Middle English, mould is an old word meaning ‘features or physique’).

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