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Crying the Neck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prayer given before Cutting the Neck:

 

“O God, who dost shower upon us the abundance of Thy Mercy, and cast upon the seed which we have sown in the ground, at one time the heat of the sun, at another the moisture of the rain, so that it should thrive and shoot forth and from it be grown finally the corn, the last ears of which are now to be cut and lifted up with a cry of gladness after the custom of our forefathers; we thank Thee for these great blessings beseeching Thee thus to continue to show to us Thy loving kindness, that our land may yield us its increase in all years as heretofore, to Thy glory and our comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”.

 

Words after cutting the Neck:

 

The cutter cries at the top of his voice

“I have`n! I have`n! I have`n!”

 

The assembly shouts

“What ave ee? What ave ee? What ave ee?”

 

The cutter responds

“A Neck! A Neck! A Neck!”

 

and everybody shouts

“Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!”

 

Prayer in Cornish

 

A Dhew, Nep usy ow tenewy warnch lanwes a’th tregereth, ha scullya war an has genen re be gorrys y’n dor a’n yl torn tomder an howl ha treveth aral glybor an glaw, may halla sowyny hag egyna ha dyworto bos tevys oteweth an ys, anodho a vyth treghys y’n ur-ma an dewetha pennow, ha drehevys yn ban gans garm lowen herwyth gys agan hendasow: Ny a wor dhyso mur ras a’n bennothow bras-ma, orth dha bysy a besya ow tysquedhes yndella dhyn dhe gerensa, agan tyr may hallow dascor dhyn pup bledhen-oll y encressyans kepar ha kens, dhe’th whordhyans-sy ha dh’agan confort-nyny:

Dre Jesus Cryst agan Arluth. Amen

 

The cutter cries at the top of his voice

“yma genef! yma genef! yma genef!”

 

The assembly shouts

“Pandr’us genes? Pandr’us genes? Pandr’us

 

The cutter responds

“Pen Yar! Pen Yar! Pen Yar!”

 

and everybody shouts

– “Houra! Houra! Houra!”