Thursday, April 30, 2009

Widow's Weeds


She wears the widow's weeds,
She gives the widow's mite.
At home a while, she in the autumn finds
The sea an object for reflecting minds,
And change for tender spirits; there she reads,
And weeps in comfort in her graceful weeds.


They were called Widow's Weeds, the dress of the recently widowed. Many have, incorrectly, ascribed the name to the fact that no bright colors were worn and the dark hues were closer to the weed than the flower.


You'll find the rest of this article from the History Hare in
the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

in Old English: "waed" meant "garment" thus it comes out as "weeds"

May 3, 2009 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

You are absolutely correct. The discussion regarding weed meaning garment can be found in the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal referenced in this post.

May 3, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

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