|There Peggy was dancing with Dan
While Maureen the lead was melting,
To prove how their fortunes ran
With the Cards ould Nancy dealt in;
There was Kate, and her sweet-heart Will,
In nuts their true-love burning,
And poor Norah, though smiling still
She'd missed the snap-apple turning.
On the Festival of Hallow Eve.
|Snap-Apple is a traditional game similar
to bobbing for apples, in which the apple is suspended on a string, with
a coin hidden inside.
Melting lead and pouring it through a ring or
key into a dish of water is a traditional way of divining the future, by
reading the shapes that are formed.
Burning hazelnuts is a traditional way of divining
whether or not a lover is true.