A Familiar Analysis of the Calendar of the Church of England, and Perpetual Guide to the Almanac; In the Form of Question and Answer

A Familiar Analysis of the Calendar of the Church of England, and Perpetual Guide to the Almanac; In the Form of Question and Answer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...be buried at Winchester, in the open churchyard, instead of the chancel of the minster, as was usual with other bishops. This request was complied with; but the monks, after lie had been canonized, considering it disgraceful for the saint to lie in a public cemetery, obtained an order to remove his relics into the choir, which was to have been done with solemn procession on the 15th of July. On that day, however, and for the thirty-nine succeeding days, it rained almost without intermission, and with such violence, that the design was abandoned, as displeasing to St. Swithin, heretical, and blasphemous. The fact of the hindrance of the ceremony by the cause stated, is sufficiently authenticated by tradition to be assumed as true, and hence, unquestionably, arose the common saying, that we shall have forty days' continuance of wet weather whenever rain falls on St. Swithin's festival. Q. Does there appear any rational ground for this very popular belief? A. This adage, though originating in the superstitious belief that the rain which fell at the period appointed for the removal of St. Swithin's remains was the result of supernatural agency, can only have retained its popularity from being founded, in some degree, on fact or experience. Mr. Howard, in his "Climate of London," observes, "the notion commonly entertained on this subject, if put strictly to the test of experience, at any one station at this part of our island, will be found fallacious. To do justice, however, to popular observation, I may now state, that, in a great majority of our summers, a showery period, which, with some latitude as to time and local circumstances, may be admitted to constitute daily rain for forty days, does come on about the time indicated by this tradition; not...show more

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