Emblematic of St. Giles, because “a heaven-directed hind went daily to give him milk in the desert, near the mouth of the Rhone.” (See Hart.)
The hind of Sertorius.
Sertorius was invited by the Lusitanians to defend them against the Romans. He had a tame white hind, which he taught to follow him, and from which he pretended to receive the instructions of Dian'a. By this artifice, says Plutarch, he imposed on the superstition of the people.
He feigned a demon (in a hind concealed) To him the counsels of the gods revealed.
Camoens: Lusiad, i
The milk-white hind,
in Dryden's poem, The Hind and the Panther,
means the Roman Catholic Church, milk-white because “infallible.” The panther, full of the spots of error, is the Church of England.
Without unspotted, innocent within, She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.
Part i, lines 3, 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894