Idle Worms to Iliad
Idle Worms It was once supposed that little worms were bred in the fingers of idle servants. To this
Shakespeare alludes -
"A round little wormIdleness The Lake of Idleness. Spenser says whoever drank of this lake grew "instantly faint and weary." The Red Cross Knight drank of it, and was made captive by Orgoglio. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book i.)
Idol Shepherd (The), Zech, ii. 17. "Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth his flock." Idol shepherd means self-seeking, counterfeit, pseudo; the shepherd that sets up himself to be worshipped by his people instead of God.
Idomeneus (4 syl.). King of Crete, and ally of the Greeks in the siege of Troy. After the city was burnt
he made a vow to sacrifice whatever he first encountered, if the gods granted him a safe return to his
kingdom. It was his own son that he first met, and when he offered him up to fulfil his vow he was banished
from Crete as a murderer. (Homer: Iliad.)
Iduna or Idun. Daughter of the dwarf Svald, and wife of Bragi. She kept in a box the golden apples
which the gods tasted as often as they wished to renew their youth. Loki on one occasion stole the box
and hid it in a wood; but the gods compelled him to restore it. (Scandinavian mythology.)
Ifakins A corruption of In good faith. I' fa' kin, where kin is equivalent to dear or good.
Ifurin The Hades of the ancient Gauls. A dark region infested by serpents and savage beasts. Here the wicked are chained in loathsome caverns, plunged into the lairs of dragons, or subjected to a ceaseless distillation of poison. (Celtic mythology.)
Igerna, Igerne, or Igrayne. Wife of Gorlois, Duke of Tintagel, in Cornwall, and mother of King Arthur. His father was Uther, pendragon of the Britons, who married Igerna thirteen days after her husband was slain.
Ignaro Foster-father of Orgoglio. Whatever question Arthur asked, the old dotard answered, "He could
not tell." Spenser says this old man walks one way and looks another, because ignorance is always "wrong-
headed." (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book i.)
Ignatius (St.) is represented in Christian art accompanied by lions, or chained and exposed to them, in
allusion to his martyrdom. The legend is that he was brought before the Emperor Trajan, who condemned
him to be made the food of lions and other wild beasts for the delectation of the people. According to
tradition, St. Ignatius was the little child whom our Saviour set in the midst of His disciples for their example.
Ignatius Loyola founder of the order of Jesuits, is depicted in art sometimes with the sacred monogram I.H.S. on his breast, and sometimes contemplating it, surrounded by glory in the skies, in allusion to his boast that his had a miraculous knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity vouchsafed to him. He is so represented in Rubens' famous picture in Warwick Castle.
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