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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
St. Monday.
A holiday observed by journeyman shoemakers and other inferior mechanics, and well-to-do merchants.   1
   In the Journal of the Folk-lore Society, vol. i. p. 245, we read that, “While Cromwell’s army lay encamped at Perth, one of his zealous partisans, named Monday, died, and Cromwell offered a reward for the best lines on his death. A shoemaker of Perth brought the following, which so pleased Cromwell that he not only gave the promised reward, but made also a decree that shoemakers should be allowed to make Monday a standing holiday.   2
“Blessed be the Sabbath Day,
And cursed be worldly pelf;
Tuesday will begin the week,
Since Monday’s hanged himself.”

 St. Michael’s Chair.St. Si’monism. 


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