Die to Dinah
"I have set my life upon the cast,Die
Whom the gods love die young. This is from Menander's fragments (Hon hoi theoi philousin apothneskei neos). Demosthenes has a similar apophthegm. Plautus has the line, "Quem Di diligunt adolescens moritur. " (See Byron: Don Juan, canto iv. 12.) Those who die young are "taken out of the miseries of this sinful life" into a happy immortality.
Die-hards The 57th Foot. Their colonel (Inglis) in the battle of Albuera (1811), addressing his men, said, "Die hard, my lads; die hard!" And they did die hard, for their banner was pierced with thirty bullets. Only one officer out of twenty-four survived, and only 168 men out of 584. This fine regiment is now called the West Middlesex; the East Middlesex (the Duke of Cambridge's own) is the old 77th.
Diego (San). A corruption of Santiago (St. James), champion of the red cross, and patron saint of Spain.
Dies Iræ A famous madiæval hymn on the last judgment, probably the composition of Thomas of Celano, a
native of Abruzzi, who died in 1255. Sir Walter Scott has introduced the former part of it into his Lay of
the Last Minstrel.
"Dies iræ, dies illa,On that day, that wrathful day,
David and the Sibyl say,
Heaven and earth shall melt away.
E. C. B.
Dies Non A non-business day. A law phrase, meaning a day when the courts do not sit, as on Sundays; the Purification, in Hilary term; the Ascension, in Easter term; St. John the Baptist, in Trinity term; and All Saints, with All Souls, in Michaelmas term. A contracted form of "Dies non juridicus," a non-judicial day.
Dies Sanguinis The 24th March, called Bellona's Day, when the Roman votaries of the war-goddess cut themselves and drank the sacrificial blood to propitiate the deity.
Dietrich (2 syl.), of Berne or Verona, a name given by the German minnesängers (minstrels) to Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths. One of the liegemen of King Etzel. In the terrible broil stirred up by Queen Kriemhild in the banquet-hall of the Hunnish king, after the slaughter of Sir Rudiger, his friend Dietrich interfered, and succeeded in taking prisoners the only two surviving Burgundians, kings Gunther and Hagan, whom he handed over to Kriemhild, praying that she would set them free, but the angry queen cut off both their heads with her own hands. (The Nibelungen-Lied.)
Dieu Dieu et mon droit (God and my right). The parole of Richard I. at the battle of Gisors (1198), meaning that he was no vassal of France, but owed his royalty to God alone. As the French were signally beaten, the battle-word was adopted as the royal motto of England.
Difference Ophelia says to the queen. "You may wear your rue with a difference." In heraldry differences
or marks of cadency indicate the various branches of a family.
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