The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58232   Message #921091
Posted By: mouldy
29-Mar-03 - 02:47 AM
Thread Name: rhymes for counting Magpies
Subject: RE: BS: Magpies
Tig's heard about my gran having a similar rhyme (which may have been conveniently "used") for sneezes. It only goes up to seven (which is plenty for sneezes, I suppose).

Once a wish
Twice a kiss
Three times a letter
Four times something better
Five times silver
Six times gold
Seven times a secret to be told

I wonder if it was originally a local (S. Derbys/S. Notts) variation on the magpies?