Horatian Metre to Horns of Moses' Face
Horatian Metre (An). Book i. Ode iv. In alternate lines, one of seventeen syllables and the other of
Below is a translation of the first four lines in this Horatian metre (rhyming):
Now that the
winter is past, blithe spring to the balmy fields inviteth,
And lo! from the dry sands men their keels are
Cattle no longer their stalls affect, nor the hind his hearth delighteth,
Nor deadly Frost spreads
over meads her palling. E. C. B.
See Alcaic, Asclepiadic, Choriambic, Sapphic, etc. (See also Hexameters,
and Hexameters And Pentameters.)
Horatio Hamlet's intimate friend. (Shakespeare: Hamlet.)
Horn Logistilla gave Astolpho at parting a horn that had the virtue to appal and put to flight the boldest
knight or most savage beast. (Ariosto: Orlando Furioso, book viii.)
Astolpho's horn. (See above.)
Horn. So named by Schouten, a Dutch mariner, who first doubled it. He was a native of Hoorn, in north
Holland, and named the cape after his native place.
Drinking horn. Drinking cups used to be made of
the rhinoceros's horn, from an Oriental belief that "it sweats at the approach of poison." (Calmet: Biblical
King Horn. The hero of a French metrical romance, and the original of our Horne Childe,
generally called The Geste of Kyng Horn. The nominal author of the French romance is Mestre Thomas.
Dr. Percy ascribes the English romance of King Horne to the twelfth century, but this is probably a
century too early (See Ritson's Ancient Romances.)
My horn hath He exalted (l Sam. ii. 10; Ps. lxxxix. 24, etc.). Mr. Buckingham
says of a Tyrian lady, "She wore on her head a hollow silver horn, rearing itself upwards obliquely from
the forehead. It was some four inches in diameter at the root, and pointed at its extremity. This peculiarity
reminded me forcibly of the expression of the Psalmist, `Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a
stiff neck. All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted' (Ps.
lxxv. 5, 10)." Bruce found in Abyssinia the silver horns of warriors and distinguished men. In the reign of
Henry V. the "horned head-gear" was introduced into England, and from the effigy of Beatrice, Countess
of Arundel, at Arundel church, who is represented with two horns outspread to a great extent, we may
infer that the length of the head-horn, like the length of the shoe-point in the reign of Henry VI., etc.,
marked the degree of rank. "To cut off" such horns would be to degrade; and to exalt or extend such
horns would be to add honour and dignity to the wearer.
To draw in one's horns. To retract, or mitigate,
a pronounced opinion; to restrain pride. In French, "Rentrer les cornes. " The allusion is to the snail.
put to the horn. To denounce as a rebel, or pronounce a person an outlaw, for not answering to a summons.
In Scotland the messenger-at-arms goes to the Cross of Edinburgh and gives three blasts with a horn
before he heralds the judgment of outlawry.
"A king's messenger must give three blasts with his horn, by which the person is understood to be proclaimed
rebel to the king for contempt of his authority." - Erskine: Institutes, book ii. 5. To wear the horns. to be
a cuckold. In the rutting season, the stags associate with the fawns: one stag selects several females,
who constitute his harem, till another stag comes who contests the price with him. If beaten in the combat,
he yields up his harem to the victor, and is without associates till he finds a stag feebler than himself,
who is made to submit to similar terms. As stags are horned, and made cuckolds of by their fellows, the
application is palpable. (See Cornette.)
Horn-book The alphabet-book, which was a thin board of oak about nine inches long and five or six
wide, on which was printed the alphabet, the nine digits, and sometimes the Lord's Prayer. It had a
handle, and was covered in front with a sheet of thin horn to prevent its being soiled; the backboard was
ornamented with a rude sketch of St. George and the Dragon. The board and its horn cover were held
together by a narrow frame or border of brass. (See Crisscross Row.)
"Thee will I sing, in comely wainscoat bound,
And golden verge inclosing thee around;
The faithful horn
before, from age to age
Preserving thy invulnerable page;
Behind, thy patron saint in armour shines,