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Our ancestors were persons of leisure. They appropriated each day in the year to the memory of remarkable persons or events. The EVERY-Day Book will relate the origin of these three hundred and sixty-five celebrations, with interest. ing accounts of the individuals and circumstances commemorated.
It will especially describe the National and Domestic Festivities at the Remarkable Seasons, and on the great Holidays that are still kept ; particularly those on New Year's day—Twelfth day-St. Agnes' eve-Candlemas day-St. Valentine's day-Shrovetide-Ash Wednesday-St. David's day-St. Patrick's day.-Palm Sunday–Lady day-All Fools' day-Maundy Thursday-Good Friday-Eastertide-Hock day-St. George's day-May day-Royal Oak day-WhitsuntideSt. Barnabas' day-St. John's eve-St. Swithin's day-Lammas-tide-Corpus Christi day–Midsummer-tide-Michaelmas-lide-Allhallowe'en-Gunpowder Plot day-St. Andrew's day-Christmas-tide-Childermas day-New Year's eve, &c.
While recording such observances, it will entertain the reader with descriptions of numerous Popular Merriments and Usages, a few of which may be mentioned as instances : namely, Fairs—Wakes-Morris Dancings-Harvest Homes-Shearings- Mayings-Aleings-Wassailings—Mummings - Soulings — Waits — Eton Montem–Hogmany-Yule, &c.
Besides a multitude of subjects of this description, the amusing character of the Every-Day Book will be increased by curious details respecting Flinging the stocking—The Wandering Jew-lland of Glory-Glastonbury thorn-Wrestling --Kissing-Man in the Moon-Robin Hood—The Merry Thought-Tea-The Drama_Highgate oath-Dunmow Aitch-Winifred's well-Music-Horn Fair --Old Nick-Joint ring—Robin Goodfellow-Robin Badfellow-Passing bell Wedding ring—Death watch—the Grace cup--Archery-Cockfighting-Breaking up-Jack a' Lanthom-Second sight - Barber's pole — Strewing rushes Bleeding of the Murdered— Under the Rose-Sitting cross legged — LongevityCoronation stone-Sneezing-—Bear baiting—Lady in the straw–Seventh son of a seventh son—True lover's knot-Blindman's buff-Curfew bell--Divining rod Hunt the slipper-Roodloft-Nightmare~Pricking in the belt-Dress-Cursing by bell, book and candle-Golf-Black's the white o' my eye-Garnish-Barring out at school-Groaning cake-Chiromancy-Cunning men-Undertakers-Marriages — Penny weddings - Vanes - Love charms — Toys — Storms MolesCramp rings—Horseshoes-Fools-Jesters-Apparitions-Babies in the eyes, Fairy rings-Autographs-Witch finders_Witches-Wizards—Shop signs-Cries
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JANUARY This is the first and the coldest month Discerns sereneness in that brow, of the year. Its zodiacal sign is Aquarius
That all contracted seem'd but now. or the Waterbearer. It derives its name
His revers'd face may show distaste, from Janus, a deity represented by the
And frown upon the ills are past ;, Romans with two faces, because he was
But that which this way looks is clear,
And smiles upon the new-born year. ncquainted with past and future events. Cotton introduces him into a poem on the According to the ancient mythology, new year
Janus was the god of gates and avenues, Hark, the cock crows, and yon bright star and in that character held a key in his Tells us, the day himself's not far;
right hand, and a rod in his left, to symAdd see where, breaking from the night, bolize his opening and ruling the year : He gilds the western hills with light. sometimes he bore the number 300 in one With him old Janus doth appear,
hand, and 65 in the other, the number of Peeping into the future year,
its days. At other times he was reproWith such a look as seems to say,
sented with four heads, and placed in a The prospect is not good that way.
temple of four equal sides, with a door Thus lo we rise ill sights to see,
and three windows in each side, as emAnd 'gainst ourselves to prophesy ;
blems of the four seasons and the twelve When the prophetic fear of things A more tormenting mischief brings,
months over which he presided. More full of soul-tormenting gall
According to Verstegan (Restitution of Than direst mischiefs can befall.
Decayed Intelligence, 4to. 1628, p. 59) But stay! but stay! Methirks my sight,
the Saxons called this month « WolfBetter informd by clearer light,
monat," or Wolf-month, because the the brisk courtly ,) and that lie
wolves of our ancient forests, impelled by which he passed thirty years, and died hunger at this season, were wont to prowl about the sixth century. Bishop Patrick, and attack man himself; the inferior ani- in his“ Reflexions upon the Devotions of mals, on whom they usually preyed, having the Roman Church,” 1674, 8vo. cites of reti:ed or perished from the inclemency of St. Mochua, that while walking and praythe weather. The Saxons also called this ing, and seeing a company of lambs runmonth “Aefter-yula," or After Christmas. ning hastily to suck their mothers, he drew In illuminated calendars prefixed to a line upon the ground which none of the catholic missals, or service books, January hungry lambs durst pass. Patrick again was frequently depicted as a man with cites, that St. Mochua having been vifagots or a woodman's axe, shivering sited by St. Kyenanus and fifteen of his and blowing his fingers. Spenser intro- clergy, they came to an impetuous and duces this month in nis Faerie Queene : impassable river on their return, and Then came old January, wrapped well
wanted a boat; whereupon St. Mochua In many weeds to keep the cold away; spread his mantle on the water, and KyeYet did he quake and quiver like to quell; nanus with his fifteen priests were carried And blow his nayles to warme them if he may; safely over upon the mantle, which floated For they were numb'd with holding all the back again to St. Mochua without wrinkle day
or wetting. An hatchet keene, with which he felled wood,
St. Fanchea, or Faine, is said by Butler And from the trees did lop the needlesse spray. to have been an Irish saint of the sixth
century. Patrick quotes that St. Endeus January 1.
desiring to become a monk, his compaA close holiday at all public nions approached to dissuade him ; but, circumcision. offices except the Excise, Cus.
upon the prayers of St. Faine, and her toms, and Stamps. This festival stands in the calendar of stuck to the earth like immovable stones,
making the sign of the cross, their feet the church of England, as well as in that until by repentance they were loosed and of the Roman catholic church. It is
went their way. said to have been instituted about 487; it first appeared in the reforned English on the 1st of January, 533, sometimes went
St. Fulgentius, according to Butler, died liturgy in 1550.
barefoot, never undressed to take rest, nor Without noticing every saint to whom ench day is dedicated in the Roman catholic calen.
ate flesh meat, but chietly lived on pulse dars, the names of saints will be given day by and herbs, though when old he admitted day, as they stand under each day in the last
the use of a little oil. He preached, exedition of their “Lives,” by the Rev. Alban Butler, in 12 vols. 8vo. On the authority of that plained mysteries, controverted with herework the periods will be mentioned when the tics, and built monasteries. Butler consaints most noted for their miracles flourished, and some of those miracles be stated. Other cludes by relating, that after his death, a miracles will be given: First, from "The Golden bishop named Pontian was assured in a Legend,” a black letter folio volume, printed by vision of Fulgentius's immortality; that W. de Worde.-Secondly, from History of Britain,” by the Benedictine father, his relics were translated to Bourges, where S. Cressy, dedicated by him to the queen con. they are venerated ; and that the saint's Thirdly, from the catholic translation of the head is in the church of the archbishop's " Lives of the Saints,” by the Rev. Father seminary, Peter Ribadeneira, priest of the society of Jesus, second edition, London, 1730, 2 vols. folio; and Fourthly, from other sources which will be named. By this means the reader will be ac
NEW YEAR'S DAY. quainted with legends that rendered the saints and the celebration of their festivals popular. The King of Light, father of aged Time, For example, the saints in Butler's Lives on this Hath brought about that day, which is the day occur in the following order :
prime St. Fulgentius ; St. Odilo, or Olou ; To the slow gliding months, when every cye St. Almachus, or Telemachus; St. Eu- Wears symptoms of a sober jollity; gendus, or Oyend; St. Fanchea, or Faine; And every hand is ready to present St. Mochua, or Moncain, alias Claunus ;
Some service in a real compliment. St. Mochua, alias Cronan, of Balla.
Whilst some in golden letters write therr
love, Sts. Mochua. According to Butler, these
Some speak affection by a ring or glove, were Irish saints. One founded the mo
Or pins and points (for ev'n the peasant may, nastery, now the town of Balla, in Con- After his ruder fashion, be as gay
lapse of time tion. The on mander het desuetude of of solemnizi nearly passe who reflect ter, por lo cake and o new year is pretermitted ever regarde indifference. date their til left. It is Adam.
“Of alle music night most solem which ring hear it wi mind to a that have twelvemont performed, time. I be a person di nor was it porary, wt
120 cells, and thirty churches, in one Astrost without a gross absurdity,
happy ne day, were pride, and
Be this day frugal, and not spare his friend kind feelings in former times; and why Some gift, to show his love finds not an end should they be unfashionable in our own! With the deceased year.
Dr. Drake observes, in “Shakspeare and Pooles's Eng. PARNASSUS.
his Times," that the ushering in of the new In the volume of “ Elia,” an excellent year, or new year's tide, with rejoicings, paper begins with “ Every man hath two
presents, and good wishes, was a custom birthdays : two days, at least, in
observed, during the 16th century, with
every year, which set bim upon revolving the great regularity and parade, and was lapse of time, as it affects his mortal dura
cordially celebrated in the court of the tion. The one is that which in an especial prince as in the cottage of the peasant. manner he termeth his. In the gradual
In the gradual « Encyclopedia of Antiquities," adduces
The Rev.T.D. Fosbroke, in his valuable desuetude of old observances, this custom of solemnizing our proper birthday hath various authorities to show that congratunearly passed away, or is left to children, the Romans on this day. The origin, he
lations, presents, and visits were made by who reflect nothing at all about the matter, nor understand any thing beyond the says, is ascribed to Romulus and Tatius, cake and orange. But the birth of a
and that the usual presents were figs and new year is of an interest too wide to be dates, covered with leaf-gold, and sent by pretermitted by king or cobbler. No one
clients to patrons, accompanied with a ever
regarded the first of January with piece of money, which was expended to indifference. It is that from which all purchase the statues of deities." He mendate their time, and count upon what is tions an amphora (a jar) which still exists, left. It is the nativity of our common
with an inscription denoting that it was a Adam.
new year's present from the potters to “Of all sound of all bells- bells, the Count Caylus a piece of Roman pottery,
their patroness. He also instances from music nighest bordering upon heaven), with an inscription wishing “ a happy most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the old year. I never
new year to you;" another, where a person
wishes it to himself and his son; and three hear it without a gathering-up of my medallions, with the laurel leaf, fig, and mind to a concentration of all the images date; one, of Commodus; another, of that have been diffused over the past Victory; and a third, Janus, standing in a twelvemonth ; all I have done or suffered, performed, or neglected—in that regretted temple, with an inscription, wishing a happy
new year to the emperor. New year's gifts time. I begin to know its worth as when
were continued under the Romai a person dies. It takes a personal colour; until they were prohibited by Claudius.
emperors nor was it a poetical Alight in a contem
Yet in the early ages of the church the porary, when he exclaimed,
Christian emperors received them; nor did • I saw the skirts of the departing year.'
they wholly cease, although condemned
by ecclesiastical councils on account of the “ The elders with whom I was brought pagan ceremonies at their presentation. up, were of a character not likely to let The Druids were accustomed or certain slip the sacred observance of any old in- days to cut the sacred misletoe with a stitution; and the ringing out of the old golden knife, in a forest dedicated to the year was kept by them with circumstan- gods, and to distribute its branches with ces of peculiar ceremony. In those days much ceremony as new year's gifts among the sound of those midnight chimes, the people. though it seemed to raise hilarity in all The late Rev. John Brand, in his around me, never failed to bring a train “Popular Antiquities” edited by Mr. Ellis, of pensive imagery into my fancy. Yet I observes from Bishop Stillingfeet, that then scarce conceived what it meant, or among the Saxons of the North, the festhought of it as a reckoning that cou- tival of the new year was observed with cerned me. Not childhood alone, but the more than ordinary jollity and feasting, young man till thirty, never feels practi- and by sending new year's gifts to one cally that he is mortal.”
another. Mr. Fosbroke notices the conRinging out the old and ringing in the tinuation of the Roman practice during new year, with “ a merry new year! a the middle ages; and that our kings, and happy new year to you
u!" on new year's the nobility especially, interchanged preday, were greetings that moved sceptred sents. Mr. Ellis quotes Matthew Paris, pride, and humble labour, to smiles and who appears to show that Henry III cx