Crants vs Brants - What's the difference?
As a noun crants
is (obsolete) a garland carried before the bier of a maiden and subsequently hung over the grave.
As a verb brants is
(obsolete) A garland carried before the bier of a maiden and subsequently hung over the grave.
* 1623', '', Act V, Scene 1, '''1829 , George Steevens (editor), ''The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare , Volume 2,
* 1888 , The Academy , Volume 34,
- Yet here she is allowed her virgin crants , / Her maiden strewments, and the bringing home / Of bell and burial.
* 1888 August 29, unknown author, quoted in 1983, William Benzie, Dr. F. J. Furnivall: Victorian scholar adventurer ,
- Dr. Furnivall has lately seen in the aisle of Ashford Church, near Bakewell, in Derbyshire, five of the "virgin crantses ," or "maidens' garlands," which the priests allowed Ophelia's corpse — with other rites — by "great command."
* 1966 , Roy Christian, The Country Life Book of Old English Customs ,
- In the Derby Mercury for August 29, 1888, a correspondent writes, "Henceforth, Ashford Church with its paper garlands or crantses should be visited by all Shakespeare students far and near."
- In the parish church at Matlock six exceptionally well-preserved garlands, known locally as crantses , hang in a glass-fronted cupboard in the south-west porch.