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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Crouchmas,
 
from the Invention of the Cross to St. Helen’s Day (May 3rd to August 18th). Not Christ-mas, but Cross-mas. Rogation Sunday is called Crouchmas Sunday, and Rogation week is called Crouchmas.   1
       
“From bull-cow fast,
Till Crouchmas be past” [i.e. August 18th].
       
Tusser: May Remembrances.
 


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