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Brewer's: Lycidas

The name under which Milton celebrates the untimely death of Edward King, Fellow of Christ College, Cambridge, who was drowned in his passage from Chester to Ireland, August 10th, 1637. He …

Brewer's: Lycaonian Tables

[Lycaoniæmensæ]. Execrable food. Lycaon, desirous of testing the divine knowledge of Jove, who had honoured him with a visit, served up human flesh on his table; for which the god…

Brewer's: Lycisca

(half-wolf, half-dog). One of the dogs of Actæon. In Latin it is a common term for a sheperd's dog, and is so used by Virgil (Eclogue iii. 18). (See Dog.) Source: Dictionary of Phras…

Brewer's: Amaryllis

A pastoral sweetheart. The name is borrowed from the pastorals of Theocritos and Virgil. “To sport with Amaryllis in the shade.” Milton: Lycidas, 68. Source: Dictionary of Phra…

Brewer's: Bellerus

Bellerium is the Land's End, Cornwall, the fabled land of the giant Bellerus. “Sleep'st by the fable of Bellerus old.” Milton: Lycidas, 160. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and…

Brewer's: Neæera

Any sweetheart or lady love. She is mentioned by Horace, Virgil, and Tibullus. To sport with Amaryllis in the shade, Or with the tangles of Neæra's hair. Milton: Lycidas. Source: Dic…