Mary Magdalene to Matamore
Mary Magdalene (St.). Patron saint of penitents, being herself the model penitent of Gospel history.
Mary Queen of Scots Shakespeare being under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth, and knowing her
jealousy, would not, of course, praise openly her rival queen; but in the Midsummer Night's Dream, composed
in 1592, that is, five years after the execution of Mary, he wrote these exquisite lines:-
Thou rememberest(1) Mermaid and sea-maid, that is, Mary: (2) on the dolphin's back, she married the Dolphin or Dauphin of France; (3) the rude sea grew civil, the Scotch rebels; (4) certain stars, the Earl of Northumberland, the Earl of Westmoreland, and the Duke of Norfolk; (5) shot madly from their spheres, that is, revolted from Queen Elizabeth, bewitched by the sea-maid's sweetness.
Marybuds The flower of the marigold (q.v.). Like many other flowers, they open at daybreak and close
And winking marybuds beginMarygold or Marigold. A million sterling. A plum is £100,000. (See Marigold.)
Maryland (U.S. America) was so named in compliment to Queen Henrietta Maria. In the Latin charter it is called Terra Mariæ.
Marylebone (London) is not a corruption of Marie la bonne, but Mary on the bourne or river, as Holborn is Old Bourne.
Mas (plural, Masse). Master, Mr., Messrs; as, Mas John King, Masse Fleming and Stebbing.
Masaniello A corruption of TomMASo ANIELLO, a Neapolitan fisherman, who led the revolt of July,
1647. The great grievance was a new tax upon fruit, and the immediate cause of Masaniello's interference
was the seizure of his wife (or deaf and dumb sister) for having in her possession some contraband
flour. Having surrounded himself with 150,000 men, women, and boys, he was elected chief of Naples,
and for nine days ruled with absolute control. The Spanish viceroy flattered him, and this so turned
his head that he acted like a maniac. The people betrayed him, he was shot, and his body flung into
a ditch, but next day it was interred with a pomp and ceremony never equalled in Naples (1647).
Masche-croute [gnaw-crust]. A hideous wooden statue carried about Lyons during Carnival. The nurses of Lyons frighten children by threatening to throw them to Masche-croute.
Mascotte One who brings good luck, and possesses a good eye. The contrary of Jettatore, or one
with an evil eye, who always brings bad luck.
Ces envoyés du paradis,
I tell you, she was a Mascotte of the first water.- The Ludgate Monthly, No. 1, vol. ii.; Tippitywitchet, Nov. 1891.Masdeu (Catalan for God's field). The vineyard not far from Perpignan was anciently so called.
Masetto A rustic engaged to Zerlina; but Don Giovanni intercepts them in their wedding festivities, and induces the foolish damsel to believe he meant to make her his wife. (Mozart: Don Giovanni, an opera.)
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