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A HISTORY OP THE YEAR, A CALENDAR OP THE SEASONS, AND A CHRONOLOGICAL DICTIONARY
OP THE ALMANAC; WITH A VARIETY OP IMPORTANT AND DIVERTING INFORMATION,
FOR DAILY USE AND ENTERTAINMENT, COMPILED PROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES.
BY WILLIAM HONE.
I tell of festivals, and fairs, and plays,
Of merriment, and mirth, and bonfire blaze.
I tell of ChrlBtmaa mummings, new year's day,
Of twelfth-night king and queen, and children's play;
I tell of valentines, and true-love's-knots.
Of omens, cunning men, and drawing lot*:
1 tell of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers.
Of April, May, of June, and July flowers;
I tell of May-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes;
I tell of groves, of twilights, and I sing
The court of Mab, and of the fairy king.
ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
WILLIAM TEGG AND Co., 85, QUEEN STKEET,
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
THE EARL OF DARLINGTON,
LORD LIEUTENANT AND VICE-ADMIRAL OP THE COUNTY
To Your Lordship—as an encourager of the old country sports and usages chiefly treated of in my book, and as a maintainer of the ancient hospitality so closely connected with them, which associated the Peasantry of this land with its Nobles, in bonds which degraded neither—
I RESPECTFULLY DEDICATE THIS VOLUME; not unmindful of your Lordship's peculiar kindness to me under difficulties, and not unmoved by the pride which I stkEttl have in subscribing myself,