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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Walpurgis Night.
 
The eve of May Day, when the old pagan witch-world was supposed to hold high revelry under its chief on certain high places. The Brocken of Germany was a favourite spot for these revelries.   1
   Walpurgis was a female saint concerned in the introduction of Christianity into Germany. She died February 25th, 779.   2
        “He changed hands, and whisked and rioted like a dance of Walpurgis in his lonely brain.”—J. S. Le Fanu: The House in the Churchyard, p. 109
 


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