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REMNANTS OF MERRIE ENGLAND: THE MAYPOLE AND THE MAY QUEEN

REMNANTS OF MERRIE ENGLAND: THE MAYPOLE AND THE MAY QUEEN

The Romans held a festival to Flora on the first day of May, and medieval England kept its May-day with all its heart. The young men and maidens went away "Maying," to return with branches of fresh green, and flowers and a birch-tree for the maypole. The Puritans regarded these ancient symbols as idolatrous - "stinckyng idols" round which the young people were wont to "leape and daunce, as the heathen did." A "Queen" was always elected for the day of the revels, and the practice is now revived in some parts of the country,

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