Holy Maid of Kent (The). Elizabeth Barton, who incited the Roman Catholics to resist the progress of the Reformation, and pretended to act under direct inspiration. She was hanged at Tyburn in 1534.
Holy of Holies (The). The innermost apartment of the Jewish temple, in which the ark of the covenant was kept, and into which only the High Priest was allowed to enter, and that but once a year - the day of atonement.
Holy Water Sprinkler A military club set with spikes. So called facetiously because it makes the blood to flow as water sprinkled by an aspergillum.
Holywell Street (London). Fitzstephens, in his description of London in the reign of Henry II., speaks of "the excellent springs at a small distance from the city," whose waters are most sweet, salubrious, and clear, and whose runnels murmur over the shining stones. "Among these are Holywell, Clerkenwell, and St. Clement's well."
Holystone A soft sandstone used for scrubbing the decks of vessels.
Home (1 syl.). (Anglo-Saxon, ham.) Our long home, the grave.
Home, Sweet Home Words by John Howard Payne (an American), introduced in the melodrama called The Maid of Milan.
"Shakespeare was the Homer of our dramatic poets; Jonson was the Virgil. I admire rare Ben, but I love Shakespeare." - Dryden.Homer of Ferrára. Ariosto is so called by Tasso (1474-1533).
Homer of the Franks. Charlemagne called Angilbert his Homer (died 814).
The Oriental Homer. Firdusi, the Persian poet, who wrote the Cháh Nâmeh (or history of the Persian kings). It contains 120,000 verses, and was the work of thirty years (940-1020).
The Homer of Philosophers. Plato (B.C. 429-347).
The prose Homer of human nature. Henry Fielding; so called by Byron. (1707-1768.)
The Scottish Homer. William Wilkie, author of The Epigoniad (1721-1772).
Homer a Cure for the Ague It was an old superstition that if the fourth book of the Iliad was laid under
the head of a patient suffering from quartan ague it would cure him at once. Serenus Sammonicus,
preceptor of Gordian and a noted physician, vouchee for this remedy.
"Mæoniæ Iliados quartum suppone timenti." -The subject of this book is as follows: While Agamemnon adjudges that Menelaos is the winner, and that the Trojans were bound to yield, according to their compact, Pandaros draws his bow, wounds Menelaos, and the battle becomes general. The reason why this book was selected is because it contains the cure of Menelaos by Machaon, "a son of Æsculapius."
Homer in a Nutshell Cicero says that he himself saw Homer's Iliad enclosed in a nutshell.
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