School: An Chloch Dhubh, Crookstown (roll number 13235)

Cloghduff, Co. Cork
M. Bean Uí Mhurchadha
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0346, Page 006

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  1. 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.
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