H.B. to Hamet

H.B., the initials adopted by Mr. Doyle, father of Richard Doyle, in his Reform Caricatures (1830).

H.U. (hard up), an H. U. member of society.

Hackburn (Simon of), a friend of Hobbie Elliot, farmer at the Heugh-foot. —Sir W. Scott: The Black Dwarf (time, Anne).

Hackum (Captain), a thick-headed bully of Alsatia, once a sergeant in Flanders. He deserted his colours, fled to England, took refuge in Alsatia, and assumed the title of captain.—Shadwell: Squire of Alsatia (1688).

Hadad, one of the six Wise Men of the East led by the guiding star to Jesus. He left his beloved consort, fairest of the daughters of Bethurim. At his decease she shed no tear, yet was her love exceeding that of mortals.—Klopstock: The Messiah, v. (1771).

Hadaway (Jack), a former neighbour of Nanty Ewart the smuggler-captain. —Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet (time, George III.).

Hades, the god of the unseen world; also applied to the grave, or the abode of departed spirits.

N.B.—In the Apostles’ Creed, the phrase “descended into hell” is equivalent to “descended into hadês.”

Hadgi (Abdallah el), the soldan’s envov.—Sir W. Scott: The Talisman (time, Richard I.).

Hadoway (Mrs.), Lovel’s landlady at Fairport.—Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary (time, George III.).

Hadramaut, a province containing the pit where the souls of infidels dwell after death. The word means “Chambers of death.”—Al Korân.

Hæmony, a most potent counter-charm, more powerful even than moly (q.v.). So called from Hæmonia, i.e. Thessaly, the land of magic.

…a small, unsightly root,
But of divine effect…
The leaf was darkish and had prickles on it;
But in another country
Bore a bright golden flower; but not in this soil.
Unknown and like esteemed, and the dull swain
Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon;
And yet more medcinal is it than Mly
That Hermes once to wise Ulysses gave.
He [the shepherd] called it Hæmony, and gave it mo,
And bade me keep it, as of sovereign use
’Gainst all enchantments, mildew, blast, or damp,
Or ghastly furiesapparition.
   —Milton: Comus (1634).

Hæmos, in Latin Hæmus, a chain of mountains forming the northern boundary of Thrace. Very celebrated by poets as “the cool Hæmus.”

And Hæmus hills with snows eternal crowned.
   —Pope: IIiad, ii. 49 (1715).

Hafed, a gheber, or fire-worshipper, in love with Hinda the emir’s daughter. He was the leader of a band sworn to free their country or die in the attempt. His rendezvous was betrayed, but when the Moslem came to arrest him, he threw himself into the sacred fire and was burnt to death—Moore: Lalla Rookh (“The Fire-Worshippers,” 1817).

Hafiz, the pseudonym of Mr. Stott in the Morning Press. Byron calls him “grovelling Stott,” and adds, “What would be the sentiment of the Persian Anacreon… if he could behold his name assumed by one Stott of Dormore, the most impudent and execrable of literary poachers?”—English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809).

Hafod. As big a fool as Jack Hafod. Jack Hafod was a retainer of Mr. Bartlett of Castlemorton, Worcestershire, and the ultimus scurrarum of Great Britain. He died at the close of the eighteenth century.

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