When our Lady falls in our Lord’s lap,

Then England beware a{sad clap
mishap

alias,

Then let the clergyman look to his cap.

This is supposed to be a kind of Popish prophetical menace, coined since the Reformation, intimating that the Virgin Mary, offended at the English nation for abolishing the worship offered her before that event, waited for an opportunity of revenge; and when her day, the twenty-fifth of March, chanced to fall on the same day with Christ’s resurrection, then she, with her son’s assistance, would inflict some remarkable punishment on the kingdom. This conjunction, it was calculated, would happen in the year 1722; but we do not learn that any thing ensued in consequence thereof, either to the nation, or the caps and wigs of the clergy.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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