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- On St. Stephen's Day a company of young boys call to houses, and carry with them, bushes dressed with ribbons and coloured papers and holly. It is supposed that in each bush there is a dead Wren. They sing a song, called the Wren Song, which is as follows;
"The Wren, the wren, the king of all birds;
St. Stephen's Day he got caught in the furze,
We hunted him up, we hunted him down,
One of our Wren-boys knocked him down.
With sticks and stones we broke his bones,
I have a little box under my arm,
Three or four pence will do it no harm;(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Peggy Murphy