Percy B. Green, who penned "A History of Nursery Rhymes" (1899), wrote:

In 1601 a charm in general esteem against lightning was a laurel leaf…

Notes

*Or laurel leaves

Green wrote later, "Even Tiberius Cæsar wore a chaplet of laurel leaves about his neck. Pliny reported that 'laurel leaves were never blasted by lightning'."

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