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Vitus (St.)

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St. Vitus’s dance, once widely prevalent in Germany and the Low Countries, was a “dancing mania.” So called from the supposed power of St. Vitus over nervous and hysterical affections.

At Strasbourg hundreds of folk began

To dance and leap, both maid and man;

In open market, lane, or street,

They skipped along, nor cared to eat.

Until their plague had ceased to fright us.

ʹT was called the dance of holy Vitus.”


Jan of Konigshaven (an old Cerman chrondcler).

St. Vitus’s Dance. A description of the jumping procession on Whit-Tuesday to a chapel in Ulm dedicated to St. Vitus, is given in Notes and Queries, September, 1856. (See Tarantism.)

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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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