(Countess). One day a beggar woman asked alms of the
Countess, who twitted the beggar for carrying twins. The woman, furious
with passion, cursed the Countess with the assurance that she should
become the mother of 365 children. The tradition is that the Countess
had this number all at one parturition. All the boys were named John
and all the girls Elizabeth. The story says they all died on the day of
their birth, and were buried at Hague.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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