It is from John Mair's Historia Majoris Britanniae tam Angliae quam Scotiae, which appeared in 1521 "Circa haec tempora [Ricardi Primi], ut auguror, Robertus Hudus Anglus et Parvus Joannes latrones famatissimi in nemoribus latuerunt, solum opulentorum virorum bona deripientes.
EMBER DAYS and Ember Weeks, the four seasons set apart by the Western Church for special prayer and fasting, and the ordination of clergy, known in the medieval Church as quatuor tempora, or jejunia quatuor temporum.
1009 ("jejunia quatuor tempora quae imbren vocant").
But pray let Cicero have the last word: O tempora, O mores!
The Angry Corrie 64: March-May 2005 Letter You Dear TAC, O tempora, o mores, o TAC63 (pp14-15 ).
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