Stingy Jack

October 1st, 2017

Stingy Jack





Master of mischief

You tricked the devil

Into becoming silver

A coin to pay

The barman’s bill.


Lover of lies

You swindled Satan

Into yonder apple tree

Trapped by crosses

You won again.


King of coercion

You beat Beelzebub

But your liver couldn’t win

The ale was your sin

You died as you lived.


Beer soaked and broken

The devil tricked you

Now your face is a grimace

Trapped in a turnip

Wandering always

You can’t find the veil.



Don’t try to trick

The devil or the fae

You’ll think you have won

But they always get their way.



Image credit: Geni, 2006 via Wikimedia.





About the Author:


Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft.


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