Lilli-Burlero to Lincolnshire Bagpipes
Lilli-Burlero or Lilli-Bullero and Bullen-a-lah. Said to have been the words of distinction used by
the Irish Papists in their massacres of the Protestants in 1641. A song with the refrain of Lilli-burlero,
bullen-a-la! was written by Lord Wharton, which had a more powerful effect than the philippics of either
Demosthenes or Cicero, and contributed not a little to the great revolution of 1688. Burnet says, It made
an impression on the [king's] army that cannot be imagined. ... The whole army, and at last the people,
both in city and country, were singing it perpetually ... never had so slight a thing so great an effect.
The song is in Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, series ii. bk. 3. (See Sterne: Tristram Shandy,
Lilli bullero, lilli bullero bullen a la,Mr. Chappell attributes the air to Henry Purcell.
Lilliput The country of pigmies called Lilliputians, to whom Gulliver was a giant. (Swift: Gulliver's Travels.)
Lily (The). There is a tradition that the lily sprang from the repentant tears of Eve as she went forth
I saw my country's lily torn.
The burghers of Ghent were bound by solemn oath not to make war upon the lilies.- Millington: Heraldry, i.Lily of France. The device of Clovis was three black toads, but an aged hermit of Joye-en-valle saw a miraculous light stream one night into his cell, and an angel appeared to him holding a shield of wonderful beauty; its colour was azure, and on it were emblazoned three gold lilies that shone like stars, which the hermit was commanded to give to Queen Clotilde. Scarcely had the angel vanished when Clotilde entered, and, receiving the celestial shield, gave it to her royal husband, whose arms were everywhere victorious. (See Les Petits Bollandistes, vol. vi. p. 426.)
Un hermite apporta à la ditte royne vn drap d'azur à Trois Flevrs de Lis d'or, que l'ange luy auoit donnee et le deliura la ditte royne a son mary le roy Clovis pour le porter comme ses armes en lieu qu'il les portoit d'or à trois crapavz de sable.- Chifflet.The kings of France were called Lords of the Silver Lilies.
Florence is called The City of Lilies.
Lily of the Valley The Convallaria majalis (the May valley plant); one of the species is Solomon's seal.
It is by no means the case that the Convallaria grow only in valleys, although they prefer shady places.
Lim Hay Lick it up like Lim hay. Lim, on the Mersey, is famous for its excellent hay.
Limb To tear limb from Warburton. Lymm cum Warburton forms one rectory in Cheshire. The play is on limb and Lymm.
Limb of the Law (A). A lawyer, or a clerk articled to a lawyer. The hands are limbs of the body, and the lawyer's clerks are his hands to copy out what the head of the office directs.
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