My Novel, by lord Lytton (1853). His best novel, but Sterne’s Tristram Shandy apparently gave lord Lytton the original idea.

Myrebeau (Le sieure de), one of the committee of the states of Burgundy.—Sir W. Scott: Anne of Geierstein (time, Edward IV.).

Myrine, sister of Pygmalion, in love with Leucippê, a soldier.—Gilbert: Pygmalion and Galatea (1871).

Myris, priest of Isis.—Dryden: All for Love (1678).

Myro, a statuary of Eleutheræ, who carved a cow so true to nature that even bulls mistook it for a living animal. (See Horse Painted.)

E’en Myros statues, which for art surpass
All others, once were but a shapeless mass.
   —Ovid: Art of Love, iii.

Myrobalan Comfits (Greek, muron balanon, “myrrh fruit”), dried fruits of various kinds, sometimes used as purgatives. The citrins resemble the French “prunes de Mirabelle;” the belerins have a noyau flavour; the indis are acidulated. There are several other varieties.

She is sweeter to me than the myrabolan [sic] comfit.
   —Beckford: Vathek (1786).

Myrra, an Ionian slave, and the beloved conc ubine of Sardanapalus the Assyrian king. She roused him from his indolence to resist Arb acês the Mede, who aspired to his throne, and when she found his cause hopeless, induced him to mount a funeral pile, which she fired with her own hand, and then, springing into the flames, she perished with the tyrant.—Byron: Sardanapalus (1819).

At once b rave and tender, enamoured of her lord, yet yearning to be free; worshipping at once her distant land and the soft barbarian.… The heroism of this fair Ionian is never above nature, yet always on the highest verge. The proud melancholy that mingles with her character, recalling her fatherland; her warm and generous love, without one tinge of self; her passionate desire to elevate the nature of Sardanapalus,—are the result of the purest sentiment and the noblest art.—Lord Lytton.

Mysie, the female attendant of lady Margaret Bellenden of the Tower of Tillietudlem.—Sir W. Scott: Old Mortality (time, Charles II.).

Mysie, the old housekeeper at Wolf’s Crag Tower.—Sir W. Scott: Bride of Lammermoor (time, William III.).

Mysis, the scolding wife of Sileno, and mother of Daphnê and Nysa. It is to Mysis that Apollo sings that popular song, “Pray, Goody, please to moderate the rancour of your tongue” (act i. 3).—Kane O’Hara: Midas (1764).

Mysteries of Udolpho (The), a romance by Mrs. Radcliffe (1794).

Mysterious Husband (The), a tragedy by Cumberland (1783). Lord Davenant was a bigamist. His first wife was Marianne Dormer, whom he forsook in three months to marry Louisa Travers. Marianne, supposing her husband to be dead, married lord Davenant’s son; and Miss Dormer’s brother was the betrothed of the second lady Davenant before her marriage with his lordship, but was told that he had proved faithless and had married another. The report of lord Davenant’s death and the marriage of captain Dormer were both false. When the villainy of lord Davenant could be concealed no longer, he destroyed himself.

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