from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A day of complete abstinence from food; a day of fasting; a fast-day.
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Monks ought to keep silence at all times, but especially during the hours of the night; and therefore on all days, whether of fast or not, let them all come together, presently after supper if it be not a fasting-day, and let one read the "Collations," or Lives of the
But if it be a fasting-day, let them, as we have said come to the reading of the Collations shortly after
Ahab, in imitation of the godly, did in his fast lie in sackcloth, to break his sleep by night (1 Kings xxi. 27), what shall we think of those who on a fasting-day will yield themselves to sleep in the open church?
They proclaimed their fasting, and managed it so that all who saw them might take notice that it was a fasting-day with them.
The modern Jews observe the thirteenth day, the day appointed for their destruction, as a fasting-day, grounding the practice on v. 31, the matters of their fastings and cry.
A fasting-day no sooner comes, but my lineage goes to wrack; poor cobs! they smoak for it, they are made martyrs O 'the gridiron, they melt in passion: and your maids to know this, and yet would have me turn Hannibal, and eat my own flesh and blood.
'slid, I have much ado to feed myself; especially on these lean rascally days too; an't had been any other day but a fasting-day -- a plague on them all for me!