English History: Edward I., a noble king, was the son of Henry III., and the father of Edward II., both as unlike him as possible. Richard II., the fop, was the son of the Black Prince. Henry VI., a poor, worthless monarch, was the son of Henry V., the English Alexander. Richard Cromwell was the son of Oliver, but no more like his father than Hamlet was like Herculês. The only son of Addison was an idiot.

In France: The son of Charles V., le Sage, was Charles VII., the imbecile.

In Greek History: The sons of Pericles were Paralus and Xantippus, no better than Richard Cromwell. The son of Aristidês, surnamed The Just, was the infamous Lysimachus. The son of the great historian Thucydidês were Milesias the idiot and Stephanos the stupid.

The kings of Israel and Judah give several similar examples. But it is not needful to pursue the subject further.

Son of Belial (A), a wicked person, a rebel an infidel.

Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not [i.e. acknowledged not] the Lord.—I Sam. ii. 12.

Son of Consolation, St. Barnabas of Cyprus (first century).—Acts iv. 36.

Son of Perdition (The), Judas Iscariot.—John xvii. 12.

Son of Perdition, Antichrist.—2 Thess. ii. 3.

Son of a Star (The), Barochebas or Barchochab, who gave himself out to be the “star” predicted by Balaam (died A. D. 135).

There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.—Numb. xxiv. 17.

Son of the Last Man. Charles II. was so called by the parliamentarians. His father Charles I. was called by them “The Last Man.”

Son of the Rock, echo.

She went. She called on Armar. Nought answered but the son of the rock.—Ossian: The Songs of Selma

Sons of Phidias, sculptors.

Sons of Thunder or Boanerges, James and John, sons of Zebedee.—Mark iii. 17.

Song. The Father of Modern French Songs, C. F. Panard (1691–1765).

Song. What! all this for a song? So said William Cecil lord Burghley when queen Elizabeth ordered him to give Edmund Spenser L100 as an expression of her pleasure at some verses he had presented to her. When a pension of L50 a year was settled on the poet, lord Burghley did all in his power to oppose the grant. To this Spenser alludes in the lines following:—

O grief of griefs! O gall of all good hearts!
To see that virtue should despised be
Of him that first was raised for virtuous parts;
And now, broad-spreading like an aged tree,
Lets none shoot up that nigh him planted be.
Oh, let the man of whom the Muse is scorned,
Alive nor dead be of the Muse adorned!

   —Spenser: The Ruins of Time (1591).

Song of Solomon (The), in the Old Testament. Supposed by some to be an allegory of the union between Christ and His Church.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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