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 Lenson.Lent Lily (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Lent (Anglo-Saxon, lencten).
Lenctentid (spring-tide) was the Saxon name for March, because in this month there is a manifest lengthening of the days. As the chief part of the great fast falls in March, this period of fast received the name of the Lencten-fœsten, or Lent. It is from Ash Wednesday to Easter.   1
   The Fast of thirty-six days was introduced in the fourth century. Felix III. added four more days in 487, to make it correspond with our Lord’s fast in the wilderness.   2
   Galeazzo’s Lent. A form of torture devised by Galeazzo Visconti, calculated to prolong the unfortunate victim’s life for forty days.   3

 Lenson.Lent Lily (The). 


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