Midsummer-Moon Madness

'Tis Midsummer-moon with you. You are stark mad. Madness is supposed to be affected by the moon, and to be aggravated by summer heat; so it naturally follows that the full moon at midsummer is the time when madness is most outrageous.

What's this midsummer moon?
Is all the world gone a-madding?

Dryden: Amphitryon, iv. 1.

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