Singing to the Apple Trees

This story is taken from "The English Illustrated Magazine" 1888, published by Macmill and Co.

The article "Somerset" was written by Richard Jeffries with illustrations by JW North.

 

In several parts of Somerset, it was the custom to sing to the Apple Trees in early spring.

An infinitely ancient custom so that the orchards may be induced to bear a good crop, which were mainly used for cider making.

The singers would come around, visiting every orchard; they had a rhyme especially for the purpose (not given)

but part of the refrain is that a cup of cider can do no harm, a hint which brings out a cupful!