Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > May-pole, May-queen, etc.

 May Molloch,May-pole (London). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
May-pole, May-queen, etc.
Dancing round the May-pole on May-day, “going a-Maying,” electing a May-queen, and lighting bonfires, are all remnants of Sun-worship, and may be traced to the most ancient times. The chimney-sweeps used to lead about a Jack-i’-the-green, and the custom is not yet quite extinct (1895).   1

 May Molloch,May-pole (London). 

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