Robin Goodfellow - a midsummer night's imp
Weed or not, beware how you treat it, for it is Robin Goodfellow’s flower and he might direct a snake to bite you, especially if you destroy it.
Robin Goodfellow is an English imp, a trickster from the woods. As a forest dweller, he symbolises the pagan (wood-dwelling) pre-Christian peoples who the Church worked hard at converting from their wicked ways. Robin is a cognate of the famous European Green Man (a name coined by Lady Raglan in 1939 for a medieval image usually found in churches), and of Robin Hood. The English sometimes called him Puck, frequently representing him as a goat, while the Irish knew similar fantastic beings as Pooka. In Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland annually on August 10 - 12, a goat is still the mascot of the ancient Puck Fair ...
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