A Hal­low-egg Story!

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Hat­tie says...

Af­ter eat­ing a boiled egg, some peo­ple make a hole in the bot­tom of the shell. They also crush eggshells be­fore throw­ing them away. Can you guess why? It’s to stop witches us­ing them as boats! There’s a be­lief that if a witch can grab an eg­gshell, she will go to sea in it and use her magic pow­ers to sink all the ships! El­iz­a­beth Flem­ing wrote this poem:

Oh, never leave your egg-shells un­bro­ken in the cup; Think of us poor sailor-men and al­ways smash them up, For witches come and find them and sail away to sea, And make a lot of mis­ery for mariners like me.

They take them to the sea-shore and set them on the tide – A broom-stick for a pad­dle is all they have to guide And off they go to China or round the ports of Spain, To try and keep our sail­ing ships from com­ing home again. They call up all the tem­pests from Davy Jones’s store, And blow us into waters where we haven’t been be­fore; And when the masts are fall­ing in splin­ters on the wrecks, The witches climb the rig­ging and dance upon the decks.

So never leave your egg-shells un­bro­ken in the cup; Think of us poor sailor-men and al­ways smash them up; For witches come and find them and sail away to sea, And make a lot of mis­ery for mariners like me.

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