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St. Monday


A holiday observed by journeyman shoemakers and other inferior mechanics, and well-to-do merchants.

In the Journal of the Folk-lore Society, vol. i. p. 245, we read that, “While Cromwell’s army lay encamped at Perth, one of his zealous partisans, named Monday, died, and Cromwell offered a reward for the best lines on his death. A shoemaker of Perth brought the following, which so pleased Cromwell that he not only gave the promised reward, but made also a decree that shoemakers should be allowed to make Monday a standing holiday.


“Blessed be the Sabbath Day,

And cursed be worldly pelf;

Tuesday will begin the week,

Since Monday’s hanged himself.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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