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Brewer's: Adonis

Ado′nis A beautiful boy. The allusion is to Adonis, who was beloved by Venus, and was killed by a boar while hunting. Rose-cheeked Adonis hied him to the chase; Hunting he loved; but…

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Scene from 'Tasso'

by Percy Bysshe Shelley Lines Written among the Euganean HillsSong for 'Tasso'Scene from 'Tasso' Composed, 1818. Published by Dr. Garnett, "Relics of Shelley", 1862. Maddalo, a courtier. …

Brewer's: Wat

A familar name for a hare. By this, poor Wat, far off upon a hill, Stands on his hinder legs, with listening ear. Sha…

Brewer's: Zeuxis

(2 syl.), a Grecian painter, is said to have painted some grapes so well that the birds came and pecked at them. Een as poor birds, deceived with painted grapes, Do surfeit by the eye, and …

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Translations

by Percy Bysshe Shelley Queen MabTranslationsOf the Translations that follow a few were published by Shelley himself, others by Mrs. Shelley in the "Posthumous Poems", 1824, or the "Poetical Works", …

Brewer's: Green

Young, fresh, as green cheese, i.e. cream cheese, which is eaten fresh; green goose, a young or midsummer goose. “If you would fat green geese, shut them up when they are about a mont…

Brewer's: Hunters and Runners

of classic renown: ACASTOS, who took part in the famous Calydonian hunt (a wild boar). ACTÆON, the famous huntsman who was transformed by Diana into a stag, because he chanced to see h…

Greek and Roman Mythology

Most of the Greek deities were adopted by the Romans, although in many cases there was a change of name. In the list below, information is given under the Greek name; the name in parentheses is th…

Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Witch of Atlas

by Percy Bysshe Shelley To MaryNote on the Witch of Atlas, by...The Witch of Atlas Before those cruel Twins, whom at one birth Incestuous Change bore to her father Time, Error and Truth, …