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Thread #50640   Message #3659866
Posted By: GUEST,Deb Nelson
13-Sep-14 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion-Child #18
Subject: RE: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion
Great thread, thanks.
Two things-
When 'marsh' comes in ('threads his way through yonders marsh') I think it's a corruption of 'mast', i.e. beechmast, that Europeans and settlers would take their domestic pigs to visit in Autumn, for fattening.

Meaning- gives me archtypal shivers.
Terry Pratchett's 'Hogfather'

Winter, black branches, snow, blood, death.