A name bestowed by Waller on Lady Dorothea Sidney, eldest
daughter of the Earl of Leicester, for whose hand he was an
unsuccessful suitor, for she married the Earl of Sunderland.
“The Earl of Leicester, father of Algernon Sidney, the patriot, and
of Waller's Saccharissa built for himself a stately house at the north
corner of a square plot of `Lammas land' belonging to the parish of St.
Martin's, which plot henceforth became known to Londoners as `Leicester
Fields.' ” —Cassell's Magazine: London Legends, ii.
Saccharissa turns to Joan
(Fenton: The Platonic Spell). The gloss of novelty being gone, that which was once thought
unparalleled proves only ordinary. Fenton says before marriage many a
woman seems a Saccharissa, faultless in make and wit, but scarcely is
“half Hymen's taper wasted” when the “spell is dissolved,” and
“Saccharissa turns to Joan.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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