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Eloi (St.). Patron saint of artists and smiths. He was a famous worker in gold and silver, and was made
Bishop of Noyon in the reign of Dagobert. Probably the St. Eloi of Chaucer's Prioress was St. Louis
"Ther was also a nonne, a prioresse,We find reference to "Seynt Loy" again in verse 7143.
Eloquent The old man eloquent. Isocrates, the Greek orator. When he heard that Grecian liberty was
extinguished by the battle of Chærone'a, he died of grief.
"That dishonest victoryThe eloquent doctor. Peter Aureolus, Archbishop of Aix, a schoolman.
Elshender or Cannie Elshie. The Black Dwarf, alias Sir Edward Mauley, alias the Recluse, alias the Wise Wight of Mucklestane Moor. (Sir Walter Scott: The Black Dwarf.)
Elsie The daughter of Gottlieb, a farm tenant of Prince Henry of Hoheneck. The prince was suffering severely from some malady, and was told that he would be cured if any maiden would give her life as a substitute. Elsie vowed to do so, and accompanied the prince from Germany to Salerno. Here Elsie surrendered herself to Lucifer, but was rescued by the prince, who married her. His health was perfectly re-established by the pilgrimage. (Longfellow: The Golden Legend.)
Elvidna The hall of the goddess Hel (q.v.).
Elvino A rich farmer, in love with Amina, the somnambulist. The fact of Amina being found in the bed of Count Rodolpho the day before the wedding, induces Elvino to reject her hand and promise marriage to Liza; but he is soon undeceived - Amina is found to be innocent, and Liza to have been the paramour of another; so Amina and Elvino are wedded under the happiest auspices. (Bellini's opera, La Sonnambula.) (See Liza.)
Elvira (Donna). A lady deceived by Don Giovanni, who deluded her into a liaison with his valet, Leporello.
(Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni.)
Elvish or Elfish. Irritable, peevish, spiteful; full of little mischievous ways, like the elves. Our superstitious
forefathers thought such persons were actually "possessed" by elves; and elvish-marked is marked by
elves or fairies.
"Thou elvish-marked, abortive, rooting hog."Elysium Elysian Fields. The Paradise or Happy Land of the Greek poets. Elysian (the adjective) means happy, delightful.
"O'er which were shadowy cast Elysian gleams." Thomson: Castle of Indolence, i.44.
"Would take the prisoned soul,Elzevir An edition of a classic author, published and printed by the family of Elzevir, and said to be immaculate. Virgil, one of the master- pieces, is certainly incorrect in some places. (1592-1626.)
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