One for sorrow-two for joy.

One for sorrow-two for joy are 2 lines we often chanted in school.Whenever,we saw a magpie,we chanted these 2 lines.I don't think I really believed seeing a magpie could bring me joy or sorrow.But since all the girls chanted it ,I did the same.I did not even know the full version of the rhyme till I read it online today.The lyrics of “One for Sorrow” have been changed over the times. The oldest known version of the song dates back to the late 18th century, and was found in a note by John Brand in Observations on Popular Antiquities, Lincolnshire, 1780. Later on, in the early 19th century it appears in a “Proverbs and Popular saying” book, collected from oral tradition and published by M. A. Denham, in 1846, London.

“One for Sorrow” Lyrics
Modern version
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told,
Eight for a wish,
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird
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“One for Sorrow” Original lyrics
One for sorrow,
Two for mirth,
Three for a wedding,
And four for death