Barnaby bright, Barnaby bright, the longest day and the shortest night
- St. Barnabas’ Day, 11 June, was reckoned the longest day of the year under the Old Style calendar. Cf. 1595 SPENSER Epithalamion 1. 266 This day the sunne is in his chiefest hight, With Barnaby the bright.
1659 J. HOWELL Proverbs (English) 20 Barnaby bright, the longest day and shortest night.
1858 Notes & Queries 2nd ser. VI. 522 In some parts of the country the children call the lady-bird Barnaby Bright, and address it thus:—‘Barnaby Bright, Barnaby Bright, The longest day and the shortest night.’
1906 E. HOLDEN Country Diary of Edwardian Lady (1977) 72 Barnaby bright All day and no night.
1978 R. WHITLOCK Calendar of Country Customs vii. Barnaby bright, Barnaby bright, The longest day and the shortest night, is a reminder that, before the change in the calendar in 1752, 11 June was the longest day of the year.
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