Walpurgis Night

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Walpurgis Night eve of May Day
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Walpurgis night val-pōōr′gis nīt, the night before the first of May, during which German witches rode on broomsticks and he-goats to hold revel with their master the devil at the ancient places of sacrifice, esp. the Brocken in the Harz Mountains.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
So called with reference to the day of St Walpurga, abbess of Heidenheim, who died about 778.

Usage

In literature:

Thank God, at least, it is not the Walpurgis night!
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
This was Walpurgis Night!
"Dracula's Guest" by Bram Stoker
The First Walpurgis Night, Op.
"Story-Lives of Great Musicians" by Francis Jameson Rowbotham
On Walpurgis Night precaution must be taken against witches who may harm cattle.
"The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley
For a second movement Raff has a wild "Walpurgis Night Revel," while Paine has a scherzo called "May Night Fantasy.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
A ticket to the Walpurgis Night Ball?
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
Mendelssohn's "First Walpurgis Night" given by the Philharmonic Society, New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Since I left Vienna I have partly composed Goethe's 'First Walpurgis Night,' but have not yet had courage to write it down.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
And Walpurgis Night grew near.
"Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump;" by Herbert George Wells
May night is the German Walpurgis-nacht.
"Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
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In poetry:

When wild geese honk on Walpurgis night
who thinks then of going to rest?
With dew-beaded hat you roam out of sight
through fjordland and woods newly dressed.
"May Night" by Jeppe Aakjaer