I will not be fulfilling orders through my Prose and Letters storefront from July 5 through about mid-August. I’m in the midst of downsizing and moving my workspace and won’t be able to assemble, print or ship orders with any regularity for at least a few weeks. I will still be able to receive questions through my Contact form, and to moderate comments on Journal posts, so please enjoy some of those in the meanwhile. See you soon!

Fair Maid

Price: $3.99
5 x 7 inch card and envelope, blank inside

The fair maid who the first of May
goes to the field at break of day
and bathes in the dew of the hawthorne tree
will ever after handsome be

This nursery rhyme, commonly attributed to Mother Goose, encodes the old country custom of Beltane, or May Day, when young people would wander to the woods and spend the night, bringing back branches of the faery hawthorne tree at break of day to festoon the door lintels of houses. Mother Goose is another form of Aphrodite, when you go back far enough.

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Calligraphy and painted Celtic knotwork by Cari Ferraro, 1997

SPECIAL: Purchase any 10 or more cards and receive a 25% discount at checkout.

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