called in ancient legends the “fiery tears of St. Lawrence,” because one of the periodic swarms of these meteors is between the 9th
and 14th of August, about the time of St. Lawrence's festival, which is
one the 10th.
are said by the Arabs to be firebrands hurled by the angels against
the inquisitive Jinns or Genii, who are for ever clambering up on the
constellations to peep into heaven.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894