One leaf is for hope, and one is for faith,
And one is for love, you know,
And God put another one in for luck —
If you search you will find where they grow.
~Ella Higginson (1861–1940), “Four-Leaf Clover”
Ilse and I hunted all over the old orchard to‑day for a four-leaved clover and couldn’t find one. Then I found one in a clump of clover by the dairy steps to‑night when I was straining the milk and never thinking of clovers. Cousin Jimmy says that is the way luck always comes, and it is no use to look for it. ~L.M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon, 1923
O little four-leaf clover
With leaves of emerald hue,
I’d roam the wide fields over
To get a glimpse of you.
More sought than any flower
That grows in field or dell,
Luck upon thy leaves has power,
Fate has bound thee with a spell.
~Mary D. McIntosh (b.1867), “The Four-Leaf Clover”
Oh, four-leaf clover, ha! ha! ha!
I’ve hunted near, I’ve hunted far,
And now I’ve found you, tell me true
What luck will come to me thro’ you?
~Mary D. Brine, “The Four Leaf Clover Song,” 1884