(St.). Patron saint of curriers, because his skin was
broiled on a gridiron. In the pontificate of Sextus I. he was charged
with the care of the poor, the orphans, and the widows. In the
persecution of Valerian, being summoned to deliver up the treasures of
the church, he produced the poor, etc., under his charge, and said to
the praetor, “These are the church's treasures.” In Christian art he is
as holding a gridiron in his hand. He is the subject of one of the
principal hymns of Prudentius. (See Laurence.)
St. Lawrence's tears
or The fiery tears of St. Lawrence. Meteoric or shooting
stars, which generally make a great display on the anniversary of this
saint (August 10th).
The great periods of shooting stars are between the 9th and 14th of
August, from the 12th to the 14th of November, and from 6th to 12th
Tom Lawrence, alias
“Tyburn Tom” or “Tuck.” A highwayman. (Sir Walter Scott: Heart
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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