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Daphne

Daughter of a river-god, loved by Apollo. She fled from the amorous god, and escaped by being changed into a laurel, thenceforth the favourite tree of the sun-god.

Nay, lady, sit.
If I but wave this wand,
Your nerves are all chain'd up in alabaster,
And you a statue, or, as Daphnë was,
Root-bound, that fled Apollo.

Milton: Comus, 678-681.

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