From July Nineteenth until
these Dog Days, it is forbidden by astronomy to all manner of people to
be let blood or take physic. Yea, it is good to abstain all this time from
women. For why, all that time, reigneth a star that is called Canicula Canis,
a hound in English. All this time, the heat of the sun is so fervent and
violent that mens bodies at midnight sweat as at midday; and if they
be hurt, they be more sick than at any other time yea, very near dead.
The Husbandmans Practice, 1729
Or, as Normas Grandma
used to say,
the Weathers hot and sticky,
Thats no time for Dunkin Dicky;
When the Frost is on the Punkin
thats the time for Dicky Dunkin!
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