Hempseed I Set (Divination Rhyme)

DESCRIPTION: "Hemp-seed I set, hemp-seed I sow, The young man that I love, Come after me and mow, I sow, I sow, then, my own dear, come hoe, come hoe, then mow and mow." A girl sows hemp in a churchyard (on Halloween?) to find someone to marry her soon
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1878 (Latham, according to Simpson; also in Halliwell)
KEYWORDS: courting farming
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #401, pp. 192-193, "(Hemp-seed I set)"
ADDITIONAL: Jacqueline Simpson, _The Folklore of Sussex_, B. T. Batsford, 1973, p. 122, "(Hempseed, I sow thee)" (1 text)

Roud #19644
File: Simp122

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