Medii Aevi Kalendarium: Or, Dates, Charters, and Customs of the Middle Ages : with Kalendars from the Tenth to the Fifteenth Century : and an Alphaetical Digest of Obsolete Names of Days : Forming a Glossary of the Dates of the Middle Ages : with Tables and Other Aids Forascertaining Dates

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Causton, 1841 - Calendar - 922 pages
 

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Page 84 - gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singeth all night long...
Page 233 - ... and crowns of flowers. When this is done they return with their booty homewards, about the rising of the sun, and make their doors and windows to triumph in the flowery spoil. The...
Page 24 - Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels...
Page 364 - Two Hazel-Nuts I threw into the Flame, And to each Nut I gave a Sweet-heart's Name. This with the loudest Bounce me sore amaz'd, That in a Flame of brightest Colour blaz'd. As blaz'd the Nut so may thy Passion grow, For 'twas thy Nut that did so brightly glow.
Page 232 - As if here were those cooler shades of love. Can such delights be in the street And open fields and we not see't ? Come, we'll abroad ; and let's obey The proclamation made for May: And sin no more, as we have done, by staying ; But, my Corinna, come, let's go a-Maying.
Page 248 - Whoever draws the black bit is the devoted person who is to be sacrificed to Baal* whose favour they mean to implore, in rendering the year productive of the sustenance of man and beast. There is little doubt of these inhuman sacrifices having been once offered in this country as well as in the East, although they now pass from the act of sacrificing, and only compel the devoted person to leap three times through the flames ; with which the ceremonies of this festival are closed.
Page 148 - ... up, but if any gave to them bread, or other feeding, such would they know, watch for, and daily follow, whining till they had somewhat given them ; whereupon was raised a proverb, " Such an one will follow such an one, and whine as it were an...
Page 150 - ... take a row of pins and pull out every one, one after another, saying a...
Page 247 - This I give to thee, preserve thou my horses ; this to thee, preserve thou my sheep ; and so on.' After that, they use the same ceremony to the noxious animals : ' This I give to thee, O fox ! spare thou my lambs ; this to thee, O hooded crow ! this to thee, O eagle...
Page 303 - Saynt Johan was a lanterne of lyght to the people. Also the people made biases of fyre, for that they shulde be seene farre, and specyally in the nyght, in token of St. Johan's having been seen from far in the spirit by Jeremiah. The third fyre of bones betokenneth Johan's martyrdome, for hys bones were brente, and how ye shall here.

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