What were the symbols at your door, the bright shiners, and the seven stars in the sky?
THE DILLY SONG, as it was once known, is one of the most mysterious oral folk songs.
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Versions were found in German, Flemish, Scots, Breton, Medieval Latin, Hebrew, Moravian, Greek and French traditions.
The song is clearly religious, but not originally Christian.
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This was a frequent campfire song at the church camp to which I went as a youth. Are there any references in the Bible or Druid culture about eight people in a line or parading somewhere?
Here's what I seem to remember from childhood: the nine bright shiners are the eight other planets in the solar system plus the moon; the eight paraders are the eight Pagan holy days (equinoxes, solstices and cross quarter days); the six proud walkers are pallbearers (I was never sure whose coffin they carried); the five symbols are earth, water, air, fire, and spirit (the points of the pentagram); the three rivals are the Magi; and the two boys are the Holly King and the Oak King (although in the version the older kids taught me, they were "little wild boys," not "lily-white boys," because all of us children were berry-brown and not lily-white.
But most can be forced into having a plural if you try hard enough. Behaviour (I will use your English spelling) may most certainly be used in the plural form behaviours.
Bert, you are right, my mistake, but I stand by my statement that it is wrong to pluralise the word prevalence, as is "behaviour" pluralised to "behaviours".