I thought Q4. Is the rie anything to do with ergot ? might refer to St.
Anthony's Fire since rye grass is one of the main targets of the fungi.
Does this date to the time of Henry VIII and the dissolution of the
At 10:52 AM 1/19/01 +0000, John A W Lock wrote:
>I've been sitting on this bit of Tudor polemic for ages but it drifted into
>so I thought I would get something done about it. And where better?
>john aw lock
>Q1. What is the 'red Cowe' that is lost?]
> They mumble with their lippes, with rich Copes & kels,
> And chaunting with their chastes lyke Owles in a frost,
> They duck & they sence, and they trumpe up their Bels
> And sprynkle water fast, but the red Cowe is lost,
> Candles are illuminate and set on every post,
> Before a gorgious Idol freshe figured and gylt,
> And though it maye be suffered, yet thereby hath ben lost
> Many a Christian man, and many a soule spylt.
>Q2. What are these ....
>For (thanked be God) sainct Frauncis cowle is spied,
> And sainct Brides bead, with sainct Hellyns quickingtree,
> Their girdles inuented, and their faire hayres died,
> With their chaulk oled for the milke of our Lady.
> Sainct Sithe and Tremans fast, with works of idolatrie,
> as sainct Nicholas chaire and sainct Anthonies bell,
> With Turpine stone and Moyses yarde so thee,
> With S. Katherins knots, & S. Anne of Buckstones wel
>Q3. What is St Peters grease? (where can I get some?)
>Q4. Is the rie anything to do with ergot ?
> And S. Wilfred Boorne of Rypon to keep cattel from pain,
> And his needle which sinners can not passe the eye,
> With S. John & S. Peters grease for to co'serve ye braine,
> And S. Thomas hoode of Pomfret for migreme & the rie,
> And S. Cuthberts sta'derd of Duresme to make their foes to flye,
> And S. Benets bolte, and S. Swithens bell.
> And sainct Patrikes staffe & saint Williams head pardy,
> And saincty Cornelis horne with a thousand mo to tell.
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