An Old Dartmoor Verse.

From Paul Huson‘s excellent “Mastering Witchcraft”:

Oak logs will warm you well,

That are old and dry.

Logs of pine will sweetly smell

But the sparks will fly.

Birch logs will burn too fast,

Chestnut, scare at all;

Hawthorne logs are good to last-

Cut them in the fall.

Holly logs will burn like wax,

You may burn them green;

Elm logs like smoldering flax,

No flame to be seen.

Beech logs for winter time,

Yew logs as well;

Green elder logs it is a crime

For any man to sell.

Pear logs and apple logs,

They will scent the room;

Cherry logs across the dogs

Smell like flower of broom.

Ash logs, smooth and grey,

Burn them green or old,

Buy up all that come your way-

Worth their weight in gold!

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