He wanders the murky marsh,
With his alluring light,
Flickering across the dead of night,
Return to safety do not proceed,
For the lantern man will take thee.
© 2020 L Jeffrey – Hob Hill
The folklore tale of The Lantern Man also known Will o’ the Wisp, or Corpse Candle depending on where in the country you are located. The belief that it was able to ‘take away a man’s breath’ may have originated in someone being overcome by the effects of the dangerous marsh gas present when the flickering light appears. The advice given by one old man was that ‘If the lantern-man light upon you, the best thing is to throw yourself flat on your face and hold your breath.’
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