“A chaplet should be composed of four roses ... and a garland should
be formed of laurel or oak leaves, interspersed with acorns.” —J. E. Handbook of Heraldry, chap. vii. p. 105.
A collection of ballads in True Lovers' Garland, etc.
are as old as the hills. The ancient Jews used them, according to
Selden (Uxor Heb., iii. 655); the Greek and Roman brides did the
same (Vaughan, Golden Grove); so did the Anglo-Saxons and
“Thre ornamentys pryncipaly to a wyfe: A rynge on hir fynger, a broch
on hir brest, and a garlond on hir hede. The rynge betokenethe true
love; the broch clennesse in herte and chastitye; the garlond ...
gladness and the dignity of the sacrement of wedlock.” —Leland:
Dives and Pauper (1493).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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