(St.). Patron of those afflicted with the plague,
because he devoted his life to their service, and is said to intercede
for them in his exaltation. He is depicted in a pilgrim's habit,
lifting his dress to display a
plague-spot on his thigh, which an angel is touching that he may
cure it. Sometimes he is accompanied by a dog bringing bread in his
month, in allusion to the legend that a hound brought him bread daily
while he was perishing in a forest of pestilence.
St. Roch's Day
(August 16th), formerly celebrated in England as a general
harvest-home, and styled “the great August festival.” The Anglo-Saxon
name of it was harfest
(herb-feast), the word herb
meaning autumn (German herbst
), and having no relation to what
we call herbs.
St. Roch et son chien.
Inseparables; Darby and Joan.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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