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    April 22, 2018

  • (noun) - In Lancashire we find the term gyst-ale, which seems to be one of the corruptions of disguising, as applied to mumming. Gyst-ale, or guising, was celebrated in Eccles England with much rustic splendor at the termination of the marling field-dunging season when the villagers, with a "king" at their head, walked in procession with garlands, to which silver plate was attached, which was contributed by the principal gentry in the neighbourhood. --R.T. Hampson's Dates, Charters, and Customs of the Middle Ages, 1841

    April 22, 2018