This a well known Gaelic love charm, mostly ascribed to Blind Allan, the Glengarry bard. The translation is taken from JG Campbell. It is a recipe how to gain the love of a man and has to be performed on a Wednesday on a broad level flagstone with a wooden shovel on your shoulders.
For the love of the man you like – ach gràdh an fhir thig riut.
Get nine stalks of fern
Cut with an axe
And three bones of an old man
Taken from a grave;
Burn that in a fire of brushwood
Till you reduce it all to ashes,
And shake it in you lover’s fair bosom
Against a north wind,
And I will go twice security
That man will not leave you.
You have a hold of him now.John Gregorson Campbell: The Gaelic Otherworld – Superstitions Of the Highlands and Island. (1900) Edinburgh, Birlinn, 2008
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