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Also known as Saint Distaff’s day, it is the day after the feast of the Epiphany. The distaff is an item used in spinning and was a medievil symbol of women’s work. Every few years, Distaff Day and Plough Monday would fall on the same day during which time pranks were played. A poem by Robert Herrick (Hesperides) references the event in its title:
St. Distaff’s Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day
Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaffs Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff’ all the right:
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.’
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