Dardu-Lena to Daura

Dardu-Lena, the daughter of Foldath general of the Fir-bolg or Belgæ settled in the south of Ireland. When Foldath fell in battle—

His soul rushed to the vale of Mona, to Dardu-Lena’s dream, by Dalrutho’s stream, where she slept, returning from the chase of hinds. Her bow is near the maid, unstrung. … Clothed in the beauty of youth, the love of heroes lay. Dark-bending from … the wood her wounded father seemed to come. He appeared at times, then hid himself in mist. Bursting into tears, she arose. She knew that the chief was low. … Thou wert the last of his race, O blue-eyed Dardu-Lena!—Ossian: Temora, v.

Dare. Humani nihil a me alienum esse puto.—Terence.

I dare do all that may become a man,
Who dares do more is none.
   —Shakespeare: Macbeth, act i. sc. 7 (1606).

Dargo, the spear of Ossian son of Fingal.—Ossian: Calthon and Colmal.

Dargonet “the Tall,” son of Astolpho, and brother of Paradine. In the fight provoked by Oswald against duke Gondibert, which was decided by four combatants against four, Dargonet was slain by Hugo the Little. Dargonet and his brother were rivals for the love of Laura.—Davenant: Gondibert, i. (died 1668).

Darius and his Horse. The seven candidates for the throne of Persia agreed that he should be king whose horse neighed first. As the horse of Darius was the first to neigh, Darius was proclaimed king.

That brave Scythian,
Who found more sweetness in his horse’s neighing
Than all the Phrygian, Dorian, Lydian playing.
   —Lord Brooke.

(All the south of Russia and west of Asia was called Scythia.)

Darkness (Prince of). Satan is so called by Shakespeare, Milton, and Scott; but Spenser applies the name to Gorgon.

Great Gorgon, prince of darkness and dead night.
   —Faërie Queene, bk. i.

Darlemont, guardian and maternal uncle of Julio of Harancour; formerly a merchant. He took possession of the inheritance of his ward by foul means; but was proud as Lucifer, suspicious, exacting, and tyrannical. Every one feared him; no one loved him.—Holcroft: Deaf and Dumb (1785).

Darling (Grace), daughter of William Darling, lighthouse-keeper on Longstone, one of the Farne Islands. On the morning of September 7, 1838, Grace and her father saved nine of the crew of the Forfarshire steamer, wrecked among the Farne Islands opposite Bamborough Castle (1815–1842).

Darling of Mankind (The), an English translation of deliciœ generis humani, applied to Titus by Suetonius (tit. i.). Both Vespasian and Titus are called orbis deliciœ in one of the Monumenta Romana.

Darnay (Charles), the lover and afterwards the husband of Lucie Manette. He bore a strong likeness to Sydney Carton, and was a noble character worthy of Lucie. His real name was Evremonde.—Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities (1859).

Darnel (Aurelia), a character in Smollett’s novel: The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves (1760).

Darnley, the amant of Charlotte [Lambert], in The Hypocrite, by Isaac Bickerstaff. In Molière’s comedy of Tartuffe, Charlotte is called “Mariane,” and Darnley is “Valère.”

Dar-Thula, daughter of Colla, and “fairest of Erin’s maidens.” She fell in love with Nathos, one of the three sons of Usnoth lord of Etha (in Argyllshire). Cairbar, the rebel, was also in love with her, but his suit was rejected. Nathos was made commander of king Cormac’s army at the death of Cuthullin, and

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