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BY T. RICHARDS, FOR THE EXECUTORS OF THE LATE

C. RICHARDS, 100, ST. MARTIN'S LANE.

MDCCCXLI.

COUNCIL

OF

The Percy Society.

President.

THE RT. HON. LORD BRAYBROOKE, F.S.A.

THOMAS AMYOT, Esq. F.R.S. TREAS. S.A.

WILLIAM HENRY BLACK, Esq.

J. A. CAHUSAC, Esq. F.S.A.

WILLIAM CHAPPELL, Esq. F.S.A. Treasurer.

JOHN PAYNE COLLIER, Esq. F.S.A.

T. CROFTON CROKER, Esq. F.S.A. M.R.I.A.

REV. ALEXANDER DYCE.

JAMES ORCHARD HALLIWELL, Esq. F.R.S. M.R.I.A.

G. P. R. JAMES, Esq.

WILLIAM JERDAN, Esq. F.S.A. M.R.S.L.

CHARLES MACKAY, Esq.

T. J. PETTIGREW, Esq. F.R.S. F.S.A.

E. F. RIMBAULT, Esq Secretary.

JAMES WALSH, Esq.

THOMAS WRIGHT, Esq. M.A. F.S.A.

PREFACE.

THE object of the following Collection is to illustrate one of our old popular customs, which is fast disappearing. It was suggested that it should be made a seasonable publication; and the desire to publish it at the given time has necessarily restricted a little the extent of the Editor's researches. He has found also that the remains of this class of literature are not so numerous as might have been expected.

The Anglo-Saxon Gule or Yule, was an ancient Pagan festival, from which we derive the feasting and merriment still observed at the same season of the year. When the Anglo-Saxons were converted, the feasting and other observations were turned to another purpose, and were made to be considered a memorial of the nativity of our Saviour, the commemoration of which

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