(St.). The well of St. Keyne, Cornwall, has a strange
superstition attached to it, which is this: “If the bridegroom drinks
therefrom before the bride, he will be master of his house; but if the
bride gets the first draught, the grey mare will be the better horse.” Southey has a ballad on this tradition, and says the man left his wife
at the church porch, and ran to the well to get the first draught; but
when he returned his wife told him his labour had been in vain, for she
had taken with her a “bottle of the water to church.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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