(St.). Master of the rain. St. Médard was the founder
of the rose-prize of Salency in reward of merit. The legend says, he
was one day passing over a large plain, when a sudden shower fell,
which wetted everyone to the skin except himself. He remained dry as a
toast, for an eagle had kindly spread his wings for an umbrella over
him, and ever after he was termed maître de la pluie.
Sil pleut le jour de S. Médard [8th June]
Il pleut quarante jours plus tard.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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