School: Mullach Dubh

Lisgorman, Co. Leitrim
Pádhraic Ó Blioscáin

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Signs of Rain

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0203, Page 188

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Long ago people used to know when rain would occur by certain signs in the heavens which are contained in the following rhyme.

The hallow winds begin to blow.
The clouds look black and glass is low.
The soot falls down, the spanniel sleeps
And spiders from their cob-webs creep
Last night the sun went pale to bed
The moon and hallows hid their heads
The boding shepherd heaves a sigh
For see a rainbow span the sky.
Loud quack the ducks the peacocks cry.
The distant hills are looking nigh.
How restless are the snorting swine
The busy fly disturbs the kine.
Hark! how the chairs and tables crack.
Old Betty's joints are on the rack.
The crickets too how spark they sing
Puss on the hearth with velvet paws
Sits wiping over his whiskered jaws