Herb of Grace
Rue is so called because of its use in exorcism, and hence the
Roman Catholics sprinkle holy water with a bunch of rue. It was for
centuries supposed to prevent contagion. Rue is the German raute;
Greek, rute; Latin, ruta, meaning the “preserver,” being
a preservative of health (Greek, ruo, to preserve). Ophelia
calls it the “Herb of Grace o' Sundays.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Herb of Grace from Infoplease:
- herb-of-grace: meaning and definitions - herb-of-grace: Definition and Pronunciation
- Herb of Grace - Herb of Grace Rue is so called because of its use in exorcism, and hence the Roman Catholics ...
- rue - rue rue, common name for various members of the family Rutaceae, a large group of plants ...
- Rue - Rue to grieve for something done, to repent, is the Anglo-Saxon reow, contrition; German, reue. Rue ...
- William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene III - The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night, Chequering the eastern clouds with streaks of light, And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels From