Midnight. The inhabitants of dairy counties can vouch for the propriety of this term. The repose is often broken in the dead of night by the loud bellowing of the lord of the herd who, rising vigorous from his evening rumination... as if it were broad noon, and blores with increased rage and disappointment when he comes to a fence which he cannot break through. Rev. Robert Forby's Vocabulary of East Anglia, 1830.