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Time of Grace

The lawful season for venery, which began at Midsummer and lasted to Holyrood Day. The fox and wolf might be hunted from the Nativity to the Annunciation; the roebuck from Easter to Michaelmas: the roe from Michaelmas to Candlemas; the hare from Michaelmas to Midsummer; and the boar from the Nativity to the Purification. (See Sporting Seasons.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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