The Holidays: Christmas, Easter, and Whitsuntide: Their Social Festivities, Customs, and Carols

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Hurd and Houghton, 1868 - Christmas - 198 pages
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Page 132 - And as for our good people's lawful recreation, our pleasure likewise is, that after the end of divine service our good people be not disturbed, letted or discouraged from any lawful recreation, such as dancing, either men or women, archery for men, leaping, vaulting, or any other such harmless recreation, nor from having of May games, Whitsun ales, and morris dances, and the setting up of maypoles and other sports therewith used: so as the same be had in due and convenient time, without impediment...
Page 4 - And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.
Page 20 - He neither shall be born in housen nor in hall, Nor in the place of Paradise, but in an ox's stall. 'He neither shall be clothed in purple nor in pall, But all in fair linen, as were babies all. 'He neither shall be rocked in silver nor in gold, But in a wooden cradle, that rocks on the mould. 'He neither shall be christened in white wine nor red, But with fair spring water, with which we were christened.
Page 6 - And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people.
Page 135 - I find also, that in the month of May, the citizens of London of all estates, lightly in every parish, or sometimes two or three parishes joining together, had their several mayings, and did fetch in May-poles, with divers warlike shows, with good archers, morris dancers, and other devices, for pastime all the day long ; and toward the evening they had stage plays, and bonfires in the streets.
Page 168 - Ye shall see first the large and cheefe Foundation of your feast, fat beefe ; With upper stories, mutton, veale, And bacon, which makes full the meale, With sev'rall dishes standing by, As, here a custard, there a pie, And here all tempting frumentie.
Page 134 - In the month of May, namely, on May-day in the morning, every man, except impediment, would walk into the sweet meadows and green woods, there to rejoice their spirits with the beauty and savour of sweet flowers, and with the harmony of birds, praising God in their kind...
Page 167 - Of rurall younglings raise the shout ; Pressing before, some coming after, Those with a shout, and these with laughter. Some blesse the cart, some kisse the sheaves, Some prank them up with oaken leaves; Some crosse the fill-horse...
Page 113 - ... and liberties, to accompany him in his perambulation ; and most did so ; in which perambulation he would usually express more pleasant discourse than at other times, and would then always drop some loving and facetious observations to be remembered against the next year, especially by the boys and young people ; still inclining them, and all his present parishioners, to meekness, and mutual kindnesses and love; because love thinks not evil, but covers a multitude of infirmities.
Page 27 - The holly bears a berry, As red as any blood, And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ To do poor sinners good.

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