sort are very ill-fed, but the great are stuffed with huge mill-draughts of the same unsubstantial puffs.—Rabelais: Pantagruel, iv. 43 (1545).

Rubáiyát (The) of Omar Kháyyám was translated by Edward Fitzgerald (1857). The oldest known manuscript, which is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is dated from Shiraz, A.H. 865 (A.D. 1460). Rubai means quatrain.

Rubenss Women. The portrait of Helena Forman or Fourment, his second wife, married at the age of 16, is introduced in several of his historical pictures; but the painting called “Rubens and His Wife,” in the Munich Gallery, contains the portrait of his first wife, Isabella Brandt, of Antwerp.

Rübezahl, Number Nip, a famous mountain-spirit of Germany, corresponding to our Puck.

Rübezahl in German means “counter of turnips,” and Nip is a contraction of Tur-nip. The sobriquet has reference to the chief adventure. Some say Musæus invented the legend to account for the name.

Rubi, one of the cherubs or spirits of wisdom who was with Eve in paradise. He loved Liris, who was young, proud, and most eager for knowledge. She asked her angel lover to let her see him in his full glory; so Rubi came to her in his cherubic splendour. Liris, rushing into his arms, was burnt to ashes; and the kiss she gave him became a brand upon his forehead, which shot unceasing agony into his brain.—Moore: Loves of the Angels, ii. (1822).

Rubicon, a small river which separated ancient Italy from Cisalpine Gaul, the province allotted to Julius Cæsar. When Cæsar crossed this river, he passed beyond the limits of his own province, and became an invader of Italy.

Rubicon (Napoleon’s), Moscow. The invasion of Moscow was the beginning of Napoleon’s fall.

Rubonax, a man who hanged himself from mortification and annoyance at some verses written upon him by a poet.—Sidney: Defence of Poesie (1595).

Rubrick (The Rev. Mr.), chaplain to the baron of Bradwardine.—Sir W. Scott: Waverley (time, George II.).

Ruby (Lady), the young widow of lord Ruby. Her “first love” was Frederick Mowbray, and when a widow she married him. She is described as “young, blooming, and wealthy, fresh and fine as a daisy.”—Cumberland:First Love (1796).

Rucellai (John), i.e. Oricellarius, poet (1475–1525), son of Bernard Rucellai of Florence, historian and diplomatist.

As hath been said by Rucellai.
   —Longfellow: The Wayside Inn (prelude, 1863).

Ruchiel, in the old Jewish angelology, the angel who ruled the air and winds.

Ruddymane, the name given by sir Guyon to the babe rescued from Amavia, who had stabbed herself in grief at the death of her husband. So called because—

…In her streaming blood he [the infant] did embay
His little hands.

   —Spenser: Faërie Queene, ii. 1, 3 (1590).

Rudge (Barnaby), a half-witted young man, three and twenty years old; rather spare, of a fair height and strong make. His hair, of which he had a great profusion, was red, and hung in disorder about his face and shoulders. His face was pale, his eyes glassy and protruding. His dress was green, clumsily trimmed here and there with gaudy lace. A pair of tawdry ruffles dangled at his wrists, while his throat was nearly bare. His hat was ornamented with a cluster of peacock’s feathers, limp, broken, and trailing down his back. Girded to his side was the steel hilt of an old sword, without blade or scabbard; and a few knee-ribbons completed his attire. He had a large raven, named Grip, which he carried at his back

  By PanEris using Melati.

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