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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.

Ilimrucit.

ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

WILLIAM TEGG AND Co., 85, QUEEN STKEET,

CHEAPSIDE.

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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

THE EARL OF DARLINGTON,

LORD LIEUTENANT AND VICE-ADMIRAL OP THE COUNTY
PALATINE OF DURHAM, &c. &c. ic.

My Lord,

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,

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