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Late Winter 2017
"The Drowsy Dame"
published by Robert Sayer of Fleet Street, London, 1760s-1799
The following nursery rhyme could be considered a "prescription" for dealing with the winter blues, also called cabin fever.
Crosspatch, draw the latch.
Sit by the fire and spin.
Make a cup and drink it up,
Then call your neighbors in.
Drawing the latch was the way to prevent people outside from coming into the house. The latch-string was threaded through a hole in the door and when pulled back, it lifted the bar that held the door closed.
Spinning is a soothing, repetitious activity.
Make a cup means tea.
Calling in the neighbors reconnects a person with company, now that the blue fit has been cleared up.