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Farm (A Ready Made)

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"The Gospel for the day."

“Bear apples, bear pears, and cherries all black

To Scouvion!”

“To the fire! to the fire!”

Lads, lasses, and children dance round the blaze.

“Granno my friend, Granno my father, Granno my mother.”

“Brando, brandounci tsaque brantso, in plan panei!”

“Firebrand burn; every branch a basketful!”

Fire means food;

so called because anciently the tenant was required to provide the landlord with food by way of rent. (Anglo-Saxon, fearme, food.)

To farm taxes is the French affermer
(to let or lease),
from ferme,
a letting for the supply of food.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.