: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales
Buckee, Buckee, biddy Bene,
Is the way now fair and clean?
Is the goose ygone to nest,
And the fox ygone to rest?
Shall I come away?
These curious lines are said by Devonshire children when they go through
any passages in the dark, and are said to be addressed to Puck or Robin
Goodfellow as a method of asking permission to trace them. Biddy bene,
A.-S. biddan, to ask or pray, ben, a supplication or entreaty.
Buckee, possibly a corruption of Puck.