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Palinurus

(in English, Palinure). Any pilot; so called from Palinurus, the steersman of AEneas.

Oh! think how to this [Pitt's] latest day,
When death, just hovering, claimed his prey,
With Palinure's unaltered mood,
Firm at his dangerous post he stood;
Each call for needful rest repelled,
With dying hand the rudder held,
Till in his fall with fateful sway
The steerage of the realm gave way.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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