This was the Heu-monat or Hey-monat, the Hay-month. The July of Spenser bears the scythe and the sickle:—

“Behind his back a scythe, and by his side

Under his belt he bore a sickle circling wide.”


Figure 254
254.—Saxon Emblems of the Month of July

These instruments were probably indifferently used in the harvests of the Anglo-Saxons, as they still are in many of our English counties (Figs. 254, 258).