So Homer is sometimes called, because one of the traditions
fixes his birthplace on the banks of the Meles, in Ionia. In a similar
way we call Shakespeare the “Bard of Avon.” (See Homer.)
But higher sung
Blind Melesigenes - then Homer called.
Milton: Paradise Regained.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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