A long time ago ladybugs were used in parts England to help young ladies predict who their husband would be. They would "place a lady-bird in their hands, under the idea that it would fly to their future husband; if it remained still the damsel's case was a hopeless one." –Mr. Jesse

Here's what they would recite…

This Lady-fly I Take - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Quote from "The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction," Volume 26 (1835).

Thanks to Monique Palomares for the illustration!