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“In some parts of Bavaria such bushes are set up also at the houses of newly-married pairs, and the practice is only omitted if the wife is near her confinement; for in that case they say that the husband has set up a May-bush for himself.”
“The latter is completely concealed in a May-bush, wears a wooden crown wreathen with flowers, and carries a wooden sword.”
“He nimbly swarmed up the pole and brought down the May-bush and the crown, which had been fastened to the top.”
“The king got as a prize, a vest, a neck-cloth, and so forth, and had the right of setting up the May-bush or Whitsuntide-tree before his master's yard, where it remained as an honourable token till the same day next year.”
“Afterwards the king, carrying the May-bush, repaired with the rest of the company to the alehouse, where a dance and a feast ended the merry-making.”
“At the head of it rode the king, decked with flowers and carrying the May-bush.”
“In some parts of Bavaria such bushes are set up also at the houses of newly-married pairs, and the practice is only omitted if the wife is near her confinement; for in that case they say that the husband has "set up a May-bush for himself.”
“In a village near Salzwedel a May-tree is set up at Whitsuntide and the boys race to it; he who reaches it first is king; a garland of flowers is put round his neck and in his hand he carries a May-bush, with which, as the procession moves along, he sweeps away the dew.”
“In some villages of Brunswick at Whitsuntide a May King is completely enveloped in a May-bush.”
“He was followed by the king, who bore the May-bush and crown at the head of the company.”
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