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254.—Saxon Emblems of the Month of July, in England more
In the main scene here we see three men with sickles harvesting wheat as tall as they are, and another man standing on a rock with a long stick or cane and blowing a bugle, presumably a foreman. Four other men work at tying the wheat into sheaves, or bundles, and putting them into a cart. In the far background we see a tower, probably of an English country church.
At upper left a man in tunic and skirt uses a hard rake; at upper right someone perhaps in a dress or knee-length robe weilds a scythe.
This was the Heu-monat or Hey-monat, the Hay-month. The July of Spenser bears the scythe and sickle:—
“Behind his back a scythe, and by his side
Under his belt he bore a sickle circling wide.”
These instruments were probably indifferently [without preference] used in the harvests of the Anglo-Saxons, as they still are in many of our English counties (Figs. 254, 258).
The ornate border is available as a separate image.