Four-Leaf Clover Quotes: Love & Magic

Oh! little four-leaf clover,
I will believe in you;
Let those who will be scornful—
I know you’ve told me true.
~Bertha J. Sherwood, “Four-Leaf Clover,” Detroit Free Press, 1888 June 17th

The queen of the fairies walked in the meadows in the early morning. She threw herself down upon the soft, green dew-sparkled grasses and took a nap. She dreamed of four-leaved clover, its shadow marking the fairies’ resting place. When she awoke, she saw that it was just a bed of everyday three-leaved clover that the cattle loved to bite. Plucking a leaf, she pulled off one of its leaflets and placed it on another stem, making a four-leaf clover, and she healed the new leaf fast with a kiss. “Grow, my clover, and bear more four leaves; for your shadow marks the spot where a fairy has slept.” ~May H. Horton, “The Four-Leaved Clover,” 1894 [a little altered –tg]

If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick’s Day you get what you want very much but haven’t wished for. ~Patricia Lynch, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud Van Buren, 1938

In four out of every five watches brought us to be regulated, repaired, or cleaned, we find some token. Sometimes it is a bit of ribbon or lock of hair, or a rose petal. But oftener it’s a four-leaf clover. The four-leaf clover is a love-token always. It is by the maiden fair given to her lover, who tenderly stows it away in the back of his watch-case. ~Jewelers’ Weekly, 1887

A little four-leaf clover
That by the wayside grew,
She stooping plucked and fastened
Within her dainty shoe…
~Mary D. McIntosh (b.1867), “The Four-Leaf Clover”