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March 29.]                     low sunday.                                   183
On a table of benefactions in the Church at Oxburgh it is stated that Sir Henry Bedingfield paid at Lady Day annually £2 for lands belonging to the township of Oxburgh; that this was called walk money, and was given to the poor. Old English Customs and Charities, p. 124.
Isle of Thanet.
Evelyn in his Diary, under the date of March 25th, 1672 (Bohn's Edition, 1859, vol. ii. p. 78), says: "Observing almost every tall tree to have a weather-cock on the top bough, and some trees half-a-dozen, I learned that on a certain holiday the farmers feast their servants, at which solemnity they setup these cocks as a kind of triumph.''
Ai Kilmacteige, Co. of Sligo, the Lady Days are observed with most scrupulous attention, that is to say, so far as abstaining from all kind of daily labour, or following any trade or calling, although their sanctity does not operate on their minds so as to induce them to refrain from sports and pastimes, cursing or swearing, or frequenting tippling-houses and drinking to excess.—Mason, Stat Ace. of Ireland, 1814-19, vol ii. p. 864.
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March 29.]                 LOW SUNDAY.
The Octave or first Sunday after Easter.
The author of Christian Sodality, a collection of discourses, 1652, says:—This day is called White or Low Sunday because in the Primitive Church those neophytes that on Easter Eve were baptized and clad in white garments did to-day put them off, with this admonition, that they were to keep within them a perpetual candour of spirit, signified by the Agnus Dei hung about their necks, which, felling down
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