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.

Walpurgis was a female saint concerned in the introduction of Christianity into Germany. She died February 25th, 779.

“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.

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