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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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