The Swallow, Birds and Beasts in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Wales
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Title: The Swallow

The joy with which the first swallow is welcomed is almost if not quite equal to the welcome given to the cuckoo.  “One swallow does not make a summer” is an old saw.| There is a superstition connected with the swallow that is common in Wales, which is, that if it forsakes its old nest on a house, it is a sign of ill luck to that house.  But swallows rarely forsake their old nests, and shortly after their arrival they are busily engaged in repairing the breaches, which the storms of winter or mischievous children have made in their abodes. Their pleasant twitterings are a pleasure to the occupants of the house along which they build their nests, for the visit is a sign of luck.|The flight of the swallow is a good weather sign. When the swallow flies high in the air, it is a sign of fair weather; when, on the other hand, it skims the earth, it is a sign of rain.

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