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ripov LYR clarify -- Bent to the Bonnie Broom? (34) RE: LYR clarify -- Bent to the Bonnie Broom? 07 Jul 13

Wikipaedia says: " was also common to include a decorated bundle of broom at weddings."

So:- another wild guess - perhaps it's about tying a bunch of broom together with a length of bent, or grass, in anticipation of a wedding?

Or, as a bend is a knot (who knows, maybe originally tied with a length of grass or reed); and Free Dictionary gives Bend - [Middle English, from Old English bend, band, and from Old French bende, bande, band (of Germanic origin;], maybe simply tying the broom with a knot (or band - which might explain sophoclese's "lay the ban")

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