John O’Hanlon (Lageniensis), 1870;
‘Great honour used to be paid to the full moon; and it was the witching time for young girls to pry into their futurity, with a hope of obtaining, in their dreams, a sight of husbands in store for them.
The invocation, used at this period, as related by a Kildare woman, runs in this form:-
“Good morrow, Full Moon:
Good morrow to thee!
Tell, ere this time to-morrow,
Who my true love will be-
The colour of his hair,
The clothes he will wear,
And the day he’ll be married to me.”’
Irish Folk Lore
The Reverend John Canon O’Hanlon was a hagiographer and folklorist, he is most famous for his Lives of the Irish Saints which was published between 1875 and 1905.