No race has shown such capabilities of adaptation to varying soil and circumstances as the negro. Alike to them the snows of Canada, the rocky land of New England or the gorgeous profusion of the Southern States. Sambo and Cuffey expand under them all.—Beecher Stowe.

Sameri (Al), the proselyte who cast the golden calf at the bidding of Aaron. After he had made it, he took up some dust on which Gabriel’s horse had set its feet, threw it into the calf’s mouth, and immediately the calf became animated and began to low. Al Beidâwi says that Al Sâmeri was not really a proper name, but that the real name of the artificer was Mûsa ebn Dhafar. Selden says Al Sâmeri means “the keeper,” and that Aaron was so called, because he was the keeper or “guardian of the people.”—Selden: De Diis Syris, 1. 4 (see Al Korân, ii. notes).

Samian (The Long-Haired), Pythagoras or Budda Ghooroos, a native of Samos (sixth century B.C.).

Samian Hera. Hera or Herê, wife of Zeus, was born at Samos. She was worshipped in Egypt as well as in Greece.

Samian Letter (The), the letter Y, used by Pythagoras as an emblem of the path of virtue and of vice. Virtue is like the stem of the letter. Once deviated from, the further the lines are extended the wider the divergence becomes.

When reason, doubtful, like the Samian letter,
Points him two ways, the narrower the better.
   —Pope: The Dunciad, iv. (1742).

Et tibi quæ Samios diduxit litera ramos.
   —Persius: Satires.

Samian Sage (The), Pythagoras, born at Samos (sixth century B. C.).

’Tis enough
In this late age, adventurous to have touched
Light on the numbers of the Samian Sage.

Samiasa, a seraph, in love with Aholiba’math the granddaughter of Cain. When the Flood came, the seraph carried off his innamorata to another planet.—Byron: Heaven and Earth (1819).

Samiel, the Black Huntsman of the Wolf’s Glen, who gave to Der Freischütz seven balls, six of which were to hit whatever the marksman aimed at, but the seventh was to be at the disposal of Samiel. (See SAMAEL.)—Weber: Der Freischütz (libretto by Kind, 1822).

Samiel Wind (The), the simoom.

Burning and headlong as the Samiel wind.

Moore: Lalla Rookh, i. (1817).

Samient, the female ambassador of queen Mercilla to queen Adicia (wife of the soldan). Adicia treated her with great contumely, thrust her out of doors, and induced two knights to insult her; but sir Artegal, coming up, drove at one of the unmannerly knights with such fury as to knock him from his horse and break his neck.—Spenser: Faërie Queene, v. (1596).

(This refers to the treatment of the deputies sent by the states of Holland to Spain for the redress of grievances. Philip (“the soldan”) detained the deputies as prisoners, disregarding the sacred rights of their office as ambassadors.)

Samite , a very rich silk, sometimes interwoven with gold or silver thread.


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