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ONE LESS TEST

WHEN I SET MYSELF DOWN TO STUDY,
I PRAY THE LORD I DON'T GO NUTTY;
AND IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE,
THAT'S ONE LESS TEST I'LL HAVE TO TAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): "NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP" ; PARODY: PRAYER TO GUARDIAN ANGEL ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

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BELIEF

IN CELTIC COUNTRIES PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IT IS GOOD LUCK
TO PUT NAILS IN THE CRIB OF A NEWBORN BABY. THIS PROTECTS
THEM FROM THE FAIRIES WHICH ACCORDING TO LEGEND CAME IN THE
NIGHT AND TOOK ALL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND LEFT UGLY BABIES OR
"CHANGLINGS" IN THEIR PLACE. IF A MOTHER HAD A PARTICULARLY
UGLY CHILD SHE WOULD OFTEN SAY IT WAS A CHANGLING AND NOT HER
REAL CHILD. INCIDENTLY, PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT IRON WAS MAGICAL AND
SO IT IS NOT THE NAILS BUT THE IRON THAT THEY ARE MADE OUT OF
WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BRING THE GOOD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment: "YOU" IS PROFESSOR FRANK PAULSEN.

Where learned: CLASS DURING WHICH HE SUBSTITUTED FOR YOU

Keyword(s): CHANGELINGS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A SIGN OF FAVOR* IS WHEN THE BABY WAKES UP
AND FINDS ITS HAIR BRAIDED SUPPOSEDLY BY THE ANGELS.
WHEN IT HAPPENS YOU DON'T COMB IT OUT,
BUT LET IT COME OUT NATURALLY.

Submitter comment:

* WITH THE ANGELS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): ANGELS ; BRAIDS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 10-16-1971

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PROVERB

GOD BLESS YOU,
MAY THE ANGELS KISS YOU,
AND MAY THE DEVIL MISS YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD 02-22-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Angel ; Bless ; DEVIL ; FEMININE RHYME ; God ; KISS ; Miss ; WISH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN,
BLESS THE BED THAT I LIE ON.
ALL FOUR CORNERS ROUND ABOUT,
WHEN I GET IN, WHEN I GET OUT.
FOUR CORNERS TO MY BED,
FOUR ANGELS ROUND MY HEAD;
ONE TO WATCH AND ONE TO PRAY,
AND TWO TO BEAR MY SOUL AWAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD IN SCHOOL

Where learned: TOLEDO

Keyword(s): PIOUS DEATH ANGELS SLEEPING BIBLICIAL ; RHYME: AABB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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BED CHARM

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN
BLESS THE BED THAT I LIE ON
FOUR CORNERS TO MY BED
FOUR ANGELS ROUND MY HEAD
ONE AT HEAD AND ONE AT FEET
AND TWO TO GUARD MY SOUL ASLEEP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABBCC PRAYER

James Callow Keyword(s): FOUR EVANGELISTS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Fourths / Quarters
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.422
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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GRAFFITI

ANGELS WHO GUARD YOU WHILE YOU DRIVE
USUALLY RETIRE AT 65.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; BASEMENT CARVEL 2

Keyword(s): AGES RHYME: AA

James Callow Keyword(s): GUARDIAN ANGELS ; HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.422
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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MANY LEGENDS ARE BUILT AROUND SUPPOSED HAPPENINGS IN
CONNECTION WITH LAVA FLOWS IN THE OUTLYING ISLANDS
OF THE HAWAIIAN CHAIN. I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL VARIA-
TIONS OF THIS TALE.
ONE DAY ONE OF "THE OLD ONES" (A LEGENDARY PERSON WHO
APPEARS IN MORTAL FORM, ASKING FOR ALMS) APPEARED AT
THE DOOR OF A POOR MAN'S HUT ON THE SLOPES OF MAUNA
KEA. HE WAS GIVEN HOSPITALITY, AND WHEN IT WAS TIME
FOR HIM TO GO, HE INSTRUCTED THE POOR MAN TO PUT THREE
STONES AT THE FOUR CORNERS OF HIS LAND. THE OLD MAN
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SOON AFTER, THE VOLCANO
ERRUPTED AND LAVA POURED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, DESTROYING
EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH--BUT WHEN IT REACHED THE OLD
MAN'S LAND, IT SPLIT AND WENT AROUND. (THEY WILL
STILL SHOW YOU A NUMBER OF PLACES WHICH ARE BARE OF
LAVA AND THERE IS A VARIATION OF THE STORY TO GO
WITH EACH ONE.)

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGEL?

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN A PERSON DIED ON A FEATHER MATTRESS, THERE WOULD BE A CROWN
OF FEATHERS INSIDE THE MATTRESS IF THAT PERSON WENT TO HEAVEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRENTWOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGEL CROWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 07-05-1973

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Proverb

Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): ANGELS ; Danger ; Fools ; IGNORANCE ; WISDOM

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Roses love Sunshine, Violets love dew

Angels in heaven know I love you.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Album ; ANGELS ; AUTOGRAPH ; Devotion ; Dew ; FLOWERS ; LOVE ; poem ; RHYME ; Roses ; Signature ; Sunshine ; VERSE ; Violets

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Jump Rope Rhyme

First grade babies
Second grade tots
Third grade angles
Fourth grade snots
Fifth grade peaches
Sixth grade plums
All the rest are dirty bums.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ANGELS ; Babies ; Bums ; COUNTING ; Entertainment ; Fifth ; First ; Fourth ; FRUIT ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Peaches ; Plums ; RHYME ; Second ; Sixth ; Snots ; Third ; Tots

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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Autograph Rhyme

May the Angels twine for thee, a rope of immortality.

Data entry tech comment:

Entry by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SHELBYVILLE

Keyword(s): ANGELS ; AUTOGRAPH ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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