Lady with a Lamp to Laminak

Lady with a Lamp, Florence Nightingale (1820- ).

On England’s annals …
A Lady with a Lamp shall stand …
A noble type of good,
Heroic womanhood.
   —Longfellow: Santa Filomela.

Ladies’Rock, Stirling (Scotland).

In the castle hill is a hollow called “The Valley,” comprehending about an acre, … for justings and tournaments…. Closely adjoining … is a small rocky … mount called “The Ladies’ Hill,” where the fair ones of the court took their station to behold these feats.—Nimmo: History of Stirlingshire, 282.

Laertes, son of Polonius lord chamberlain of Denmark, and brother of Ophelia. He is induced by the king to challenge Hamlet to a “friendly” duel, but poisons his rapier. Laertês wounds Hamlet; and in the scuffle which ensues, the combatants change swords, and Hamlet wounds Laertês, so that both die.—Shakespeare: Hamlet (1596).

Laertes, a Dane, whose life Gustavus Vasa had spared in battle. He becomes the trusty attendant of Christina, daughter of the king of Sweden, and never proves ungrateful to the noble Swede.—Brooke: Gustavus Vasa (1730).

Laertes’s Son, Ulysses.

But when his strings with mournful magic tell
What dire distress Laertês’ son befell,
The streams, meandering thro’ the maze of woe,
Bid sacred sympathy the heart o’erflow.
   —Falconer: The Shipwreck, iii. I (1756).

Lafeu, an old French lord, sent to conduct Bertram count of Rousillon to the king of France, by whom he was invited to the royal court.—Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well (1598).

Lafontaine (The Danish), Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875).

Lafontaine of the Vaudeville. So C. F. Panard is called (1691–1765).

Lagado, capital of Balnibarbi, celebrated for its grand school of projectors, where the scholars have a technical education, being taught to make pincushions from softened granite, to extract from cucumbers the sunbeams which ripened them, and to convert ice into gunpowder.—Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (“Voyage to Laputa,” 1726).

La Grange and his friend Du Croisy pay their addresses to two young ladies whose heads have been turned by novels. (The tale is given under Du Croisy, q.v.—Molière: Les Précieuses Ridicules (1659).

Laider (Donald), one of the prisoners at Portanferry.—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering (time, George II.).

Laila, a Moorish maiden, of great beauty and purity, who loved Manuel, a youth worthy of her. The father disap proved of the match; and they eloped, were pursued, and overtaken near a precipice on the Guádalhorcê . They climbed to the top of the precipice, and the father bade his followers discharge their arrows at them. Laila and Manuel, seeing death to be inevitable, threw themselves from the precipice, and perished in the fall. It is from this incident that the rock was called “The Lovers’ Leap.”

And every Moorish maid can tell
Where Laila lies who loved so well;
And every youth who passes there,
Says for Manuel’s soul a prayer.
   —Southey: The Lovers’ Rock (a ballad, 1798, taken from Mariana: De la Peña de los Enamorados).

Laila, daughter of Okba the sorcerer. It was decreed that either Laila or Thalaba must die. Thalaba refused to redeem his own life by killing Laila; and Okba exultingly cried, “As thou hast disobeyed the voice of Allah, God hath abandoned thee, and this hour is mine.” So saying, he rushed on the youth; but Laila, intervening to protect him, received the blow, and was killed. Thalaba lived on, and the spirit of

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