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The Headless Nun

Come and sit right down and let me tell you a story I will warn you though, it may get a little gory

It is a story of old passed down through time about a nun who lost her head, oh what a crime

She left her family of riches and sovereignty to help the Acadians through sickness and poverty

It was soon heard that the British were on their way to attack the fort that the French built by the bay

The settlers banned together and collected a treasure the bounty they found was beyond all measure

The treasure was put in an old rusty chest it was buried by our nun and all the rest

Over time our tale has developed two versions in both she loses her head, too bad the fort didn’t have a surgeon

Legend has it that one night while returning from work a mad trapper grabbed her as she crossed Crow Brook

While the nun struggled, he cut off her head and then into the forest with the head, he fled

The other version involves two sailors looking to flee they had to find money for safe passage by sea

They violently enquired of the treasures location but the nun trusted in God, as was her vocation

She refused to tell where the treasure was buried so they cut off her head and into the forest they hurried

After they cut off her head, they realized their folly in horror they threw her head in the water, oh golly

Soldiers searched for her head, but it was never found and back to France her body was homeward bound

Our nun’s spirit has never been at rest for her body being buried with her head would be best

She roams the cove, even to this day to help find her head she is willing to pay

Some people have said when they visit the cove at night they have seen our nuns’s ghost, oh what a fright

—Tristan Berggren (age 9), Miramichi NB

Bread ‘ n Molasses September/October 2010 • 21

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