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166. When eating an apple, snap it with the fingers and name it for a
person of the opposite sex. Count the fully developed seeds (all of the
others are kisses), and the last one must correspond to the following
formula:--

One's my love,
Two's my love,
Three's my heart's desire.
Four I'll take and never forsake,
Five I'll cast in the fire.
Six he loves,
Seven she loves,
Eight they both love,
Nine he comes,
Ten he tarries,
Eleven he goes,
Twelve he marries.
Thirteen honor,
Fourteen riches,
All the rest are little witches.
Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Some change the latter lines of this formula into

Thirteen they quarrel,
Fourteen they part,
Fifteen they die with a broken heart.

167. Similar rhymes commonly repeated in northern Ohio, after naming an
apple and counting the seeds, are,--

One I love,
Two I love,
Three I love, I say.
Four I love with all my heart,
And five I cast away.
Six he loves,
Seven she loves,
Eight they both love.
Nine he comes,
Ten he tarries,
Eleven he courts,
And twelve he marries.
Prince Edward Island and Mansfield, O.

168. Lay in the hand four apple-seeds and have some one name them, then
pick them up, saying,--

This one I love all others above,
And this one I greatly admire,
And this one I'll take and never forsake.
And this one I'll cast in the fire.
St. John, N.B.

169. A love divination by way of apple-seeds, much practiced when a
number of young people were spending the evening together, or perhaps by
grown-up boys and girls in district schools as they ate their noon-day
lunch about the stove, was as follows:--

Two seeds were named, one for a girl and one for a young man, and placed
on a hot stove or in front of an open fire. The augury, concerning the
future relations of the young people was derived from the behavior of the
two seeds. If as they heated they jumped away from one another, the two
persons would become estranged or their friendship die; if the seeds
moved nearer together, marriage was implied; if the one named for the
girl moved towards the other, it signified that the young woman was
fonder of the young man than he was of her, and so on.
Northern Ohio.

170. A common project in my girlhood was to place an apple-seed on each
of the four fingers of the right hand, that is, on the knuckles, first
moistening them with spittle. A companion then 'named' them, and the
fingers were worked so as to move slightly. The seed that stayed on the
longest indicated the name of your future husband.
Stratham, N.H.

171. Name apple-seeds and place on the lids of the closed eyes. Wink and
the first to fall off shows the name of your future husband.
Winn, Me., New York, and Pennsylvania.

172. To name apple-seeds, put one on each temple, get some one to name
them, and the one that sticks the longest will be the true one.

173. Name apple pips, put them on the grate, saying,--

If you love me, live and fly;
If you do not, lie and die.





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