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The English cultural heritage of reciting enchantments — sorcery in the form of a specific style of sing-song rhymed couplet — is found on both sides of the Atlantic, in the form of tea cup and tea leaf poetry:

Sometimes the poems advertised tea leaf reading services:

The Gypsy from the leaves of tea
Will tell what was and is to be
— Advertisement for the Gypsy Tea Shop

Your Fortune free
From leaves of tea
— Advertisement for the Gypsy Tea Shop, Pittsburgh, PA.

And sometimes they were part of the exterior decoration on the cup:

Woulds’t learn thy future with thy tea
This magic cup will show it thee
— The Nelros Cup of Fortune, cup exterior

Many curious things I see
While telling fortunes in your tea
— Paragon Omens and Signs cup exterior

Woulds’t tell thy fortune like to see?
Perchance this cup will show it thee
— Jon Anton Taltos cup exterior

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