F's to Fair Maid of Perth

F’s (The Three): Fixed tenure, Fair rent, Free sale.—Irish Land League (1880–81).

Faa (Gabriel), nephew of Meg Merrilies. One of the huntsmen at Liddesdale.—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering (time, George II.).

Fabian, servant to Olivia.—Shake-speare: Twelfth Night (1602).

Fabii of Rome (The), and the fustiniani of Venice had many points of resemblance: both gave all to their country; in both cases all perished for their country except one survivor; the surviving Roman was a boy too young to carry arms,—the surviving Venetian was a monk, who, early in the twelfth century, was absolved from his vows for a time by the pope, and from him the phœnix name revived again to great Iustre, the elder branch only becoming extinct in 1889, in the person of the contessa Michiel-Giustinian, who died at Venice in that year.

Fabila, a king devoted to the chase. One day he encountered a wild boar, and commanded those who rode with him not to interfere, but the boar overthrew him and gored him to death.—Chronica Antiqua de Espña, 121.

Fabius (The American), George Washington (1732–1799).

Fabius (The French), Anne due de Montmorency, grand — constable of France (1493–1567).

Fables by Æsop, in Greek (about B.C. 570); in French verse by Lafontaine (1668); in English verse by Gay (fifty in pt. i., 1727; sixteen in pt. ii., 1738).

Fables for the Holy Alliance, six metrical and political satires. (1) The Dissolution of the Holy Alliance, at no time more to be depended on than queen Anne’s palace of ice. (2) The Looking-glasses, in which kings and princes saw they were just like other men. (3) The Fly and the Bullock; the Fly is royalty and the Bullock sacrificed to it, the people. (4) The Church and State. The able is that Royalty and Divinity changed cloaks, whereby the former mounted “divine rights” and the latter was secularized. (5) The Little Cama, who when three years old became so naughty that he was whipped, and ever since then the Camas have been better behaved. (6) The Extinguishers, that is, journals which were expurgated to keep out the light, but caught fire and thus greatly increased it.

Fabricius [Fa-brish-e-us], an old Roman, like Cincinnatus and Curius Dentatus, a type of the rigid purity, frugality, and honesty of the “good old times.” Pyrrhos used every effort to corrupt him by bribes, or to terrify him, but in vain. “Excellent Fabricius,” cried the Greek, “one might hope to turn the sun from its course as soon as turn Fabricius from the path of duty.”

Fabricius, an author, whose composition was so obscure that Gil Blas could not comprehend the meaning of a single line of his writings. His poetry was verbose fustian, and his prose a maze of far-fetched expression and perplexed phrases.

“If not intelligible,” said Fabriclus, “so much the better. The natural and simple won’t do for sonnets, odes, and the sublime. The merit of these is their obscurity, and it is quite sufficient if the author himself thinks he understands them.… There are five or six of us who have undertaken to introduce a thorough change, and we will do so, in spite of Lopê de Vega, Cervantes, and all the fine geniuses who cavil at us.”—Lesage: Gil Blas, v. 12 (1724).

Fabritio, a merry soldier, the friend of captain Jacomo the woman-hater.—Beaumont and Fletcher: The Captain (1613).

Face (1 syl.), alias “Jeremy,” house-servant of Lovewit. During the absence of his master, Face leagues with Subtle (the alchemist) and Dol Common to turn a penny by alchemy, fortune-telling, and magic. Subtle (a beggar who knew something about alchemy) was discovered by Face near Pye Corner. Assuming

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