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Now strike up drum, come harvest-man, come.
Reap corn by the day, lest corn do decay.
In champion country a pleasure they take
To mow up there haulm, for to brew and to bake,
The haulm is the straw of the wheat and the rye.
Get home with the brake, to brew with and bake;
To cover the shed, dry over the bed;
To lie under cow, to rot under mow;
To serve to burn, for many a turn.
Once harvest dispatched, get wenches and boys;
Choice seed to be picked, and trimly well fy'd.
When harvest is ended, take shipping or ride;
Ling, salt-fish, and herring, for Lent to provide.
To buy it at first, as cometh to road,
Shall pay for they charges, thou spendest abroad.
At Bartlenew tide, or at Strurbridge fair;
Sell to thy profit, both butter and cheese.
Chuse carefully salt-fish, not burnt at the stove
Buy such as be good, or else let it alone:
Get home that is bought, and go stack it up dry,
With pease-straw between it, the safer to lie.
In harvest time, harvest folke, servants and all.
Should make all togither good cheere in the hall;
And fill out the black boule of bleith to their song
And let them be merie all harvest time long.
Once ended they harvest, let none be begilde,
Please such as did helpe thee, man, woman and childe.
Thus dooing, with alway such helpe as they can,
Thou winnest the praise of the labouring man.(1)

The end of the hay harvest and the beginning of the grain harvest. Whole communities got together to do the harvest tasks of cutting the grain from the stalks of straw (which would be cut later), binding it into sheaves, stacking it and carting it inside for storage. August and September were often bad months for plague transmission.
1Ad vincula Sancti Petri apostoli(2)(7) (The Chains of Peter the Apostle); Sancti Aethelwoldi (Ethelwold); Natale Machabeorum(3)(4)(5) (Birth of the Maccabes); Passio Machabeorum(7); vii fratrum (Seven brothers)(4)(5); Alphonsus; Kyned; Lammas/Loafday/Loafmass; Bron Trogain; Gule of August; Thanksgiving; Harvest Home  [Do not confuse with Lughnasadh/Lughnsad/Lughsnaad/other spellings]
2Sancti Stefani episcopani et martyris(2)(3)(4)(5)(7) (Stephan I, Pope and Martyr); Ethelrida; Eusebius; Plegmund; Sidwell; Thomas of Hales; vi embolismus(4)
3Inventio corporis Sancti Stephani protomartyris(2)(5)(7) (The Feast of finding the relics of Stephen the protomartyr); Manaccus; Waldelf
4Afre martiris(7); Moula; Sithney; Dominic
5Sancti Oswaldi Regis et martyris(3)(4)(5) (King Oswald of Northumbria); Sancti Dominici confessoris(2) (Dominic); Cassiani(4)(7) martyris (Cassyon)
6Sanctorum Sexti(4)/Sixti(5)/Syxti(7) episcopi (Sixtus), Felicissimi(4)(7) et Agapiti diaconi(2)(3)(4)(7); The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
7Sancti Donati episcopi(2)(3)(4) (Donate); Cajetan; Autumni Incium(3)(4)/Autunus oritur(5)/Autumni Initium dies(7) (Autumn begins); Habet dies xcii(3)/xci(4)(7)
8Sancti Ciriaci/Cyriaci(4)(7) sociorumque eius martyrum(2)(3) (Cyriac and his companions); Affrae(7); Dominic, Priest and Friar (1221); Lide
9Sancti Dionisi eposcopi(3); Sancti Romani martyris at militis(2) (Roman/Romanus); Vigilia(3)(7)/Uigillia(5); Sancti Urbani episcopi et martyri (Urban (230) (original day - not the medieval day))
10Sancti Laurenti martiris(2)(3)(4)(5)(7) (Laurence, Deacon and Martyr at Rome (258)); Bettelin
11Sanctorum Tyburctii(2)(3)(4)(7) (Tibutius/Tyburce) et Valeriani(3); Clare, Abbess at Assisi (1253); Susanna; Blane; Autumni initium(T) (Autumn begins)
12Eupli martiris(5); Jambert; Murtagh
13Sancti Ypoliti sociorumque eius martyrum(2)(3)(4)(5)(7) (Hypolite/Hippolytus); Radegund; Wigbert
14Sancti Eusebii presbiteri et confessoris(2)(3)(4)(7); Uigilia(5); Fachanan
15Assumptio Sancte Marie(2)(3)(4)(5)(7) (The Assumption of Our Lady, Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ); Arnulf; Tarsicius
16Armel; Roch; Stephen of Hungary
17Octauas/Octobas Sancti Laurenti martyris(3)(4)(7)
18Sancti Agapiti martiris(2)(3)(4)(7) (Agipitus); Helena
19Sancti Magni martiris(2)(3)(4)(5); Helene virginis(5); Credan; Mochta
20Sancti Maximi/Maximiani(5) martyris; Valentini(5)(7); Bernard(8) (Abbot of Clairvaux (1153)); Oswin the King; Philibert, Rogynvald
21Sanctorum Timothei(3) , et Sinforiani(3)(5); Iulii(5) et Iuliani(5)
22Sanctorum Timothei(4)(7); Symphoriani/Sinforiani(4); Pauli(7); Hippolytus; Alexander; Arnulf; Sigfrid
23Sancti Zachei episcopi(2); Timothy and Companions; Tydfil; Autumnus oritur dies(7); xcii(7)
24Sancti Bartholomai apostoli(2) (Bartholomew the Apostle); Sancti Audoeni(4) episcopi; Sancti Patricii senioris(7) (Patrick the Elder); Owen
25Sancti Bertholomai(3)/Bartholomei(4)(5)(7) apostoli; Louis, King of France (1270); Ebbe; Genesius of Arles
26Habundi(7); Bregwine; Ninian; Padonia; Zephrynus
27Sanctorum Ruphi(4)/Ruphini(4)/Rufi(2)(3) (Rufus) et Ermetis(3) martirum; Decumun; Monica
28Natale Sancti Augustini magni episcopi(3)(4)(7) et doctoris(2) (Nativity of Austin/Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (430)); Sancti Hermetis(4)(7) martyris (Hermes)
29Decollatio Sancte Iohannis baptistae(2)(3)(4)(5)(7) (The Beheading of John the Baptist); Sancte Sabine(4) virginis; Sebbi; Edwold
30Sanctorum Felicis(2)(3)(4)(7) et Audacti(2)(3)(4)(7) (Felix and Adauctus); Fiacre; Rumon
31 Sancti Paulini episcopi(3)(4); Edani episcopai(4)/In glaestonia sancti Aidani episcopi(7) (Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne (651)); Sancte Wyburge virginis non(2); Cuthburga the Virgin; Eanswith; Quenburga; Waldef

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