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with Elijah the Tishbite in | Turnus, the rival and foe of

P.R. ii. 313. For the allusion see 1 Kings xix. 5 Themis, goddess of justice and right

thereafter, according, P.R. ii. 321 Thermodoontea puella, Elizabeth, as an "Amazon" (Thermodon, a river in the land of the Amazons)

Thisbite, Elijah the Tishbite Thrascias, the N.N.-W. wind Thyestes, before whom was set the flesh of his sons at a banquet

Thyrsis, the typical rustic maid in pastoral poetry

tiar, tiara, diadem, P.L. iii. 625 Tidore, one of the Moluccas or Spice Islands

Tigris, a river of Mesopotamia, supposed to be that which watered Eden timelessly, untimely, p. 380 tine, kindle, P.L. x. 1075 tire, drag, tear (techn. term in falconry), P.L. vi. 605 Tiresias, an ancient Greek seer, who was blind

Titans, in Greek mythology, were the beings who ruled the universe before the dynasty of Zeus, who warred upon them and overthrew them. They are often confused with the giants. In P.L. i. 510 used of the eldest of the brood, whom M. says gave place to Saturn, q.v. Tobias. See Asmodeus Tobit's son, Tobias. modeus

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Tophet, in the valley of Hinnom Trebisond, Trapezus, a Greek city on the Black Sea Trinacrian, Sicilian,

a title taken from the three promontories of Sicily Triton, a river in Libya Triton, a sea-deity, son of Poseidon (Neptune) and Amphitrite Troy, a town in N.-W. of Asia Minor; scene of the famous siege by the Greeks dated 1184 B.C., sung of by Homer Turm, a troop of horse (Lat. turma), P.R. iv. 66

Eneas, who married his betrothed bride Lavinia; described in Virgil's Eneid Tuscan artist, Galileo, P.L. i. 288

Twins, Gemini, a sign of the Zodiac, called Spartan in allusion to Castor and Pollux Typhoean, of Typhoeus Typhon Typhon (P.L.), a monster who rebelled against Zeus


Typhon (P.R.), or Set, brother of Osiris, who murdered him. He is regarded as evil personified

Uncouth, unknown, P.L. ii. 407, iv. 363

Unexpressive, inexpressible, p. 388

unfumed, not burnt for sweet scent, P.L. v. 349 unobnoxious, not exposed to anything, invulnerable by it, P.L. vi. 404

unoriginal, primeval, P.L. x. 477

unprevented, unforestalled, P.L. iii. 231

unweeting, unwitting, P.R. i.


Ur, a great town in Chaldea Urania, Muse of the heavens,

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light" or lights,"

Uther's son, King Arthur Uszean, of Uz, probably Arabia Deserta. See Job i. 6

Valdarno, the vale of the river Arno, where Florence lies Vallombrosa, a beautiful valley near Florence

van, wing, P.L. ii. 927 Vant-brace, arm-mail, S.A. 1121 vapour, heat, P.L. xii. 635 Venus, Roman goddess of love Vertumnus, a Roman deity associated with the growth of plants from blossom to fruit Vesta, goddess of the hearth, apparently used by M. as a personification of domestic retirement, p. 403 Villatic, belonging to a farm or

country house, S.A. 1695 Virgin, Virgo, a constellation volant, flying, P.L. xi. 561 Vulcan, Roman god of fire and smithcraft

wanton, capricious, P.L. iv. 316 welkin, sky, P.L. ii. 538. well-couched, well-hidden, P.R. | 1. 97

what, why (a Latinism), P.L. ii. 329 whilere, whilom, of old, p. 412 whist, hushed, p. 387 Wilderness, of Judæa, Luke iv. 1 won, dwell, P.L. vii. 457 worm, used of all serpent kind, P.R. I. 312

Xerxes, King of Persia, who invaded Greece and was defeated at Salamis, 480 B.C., and Plataea, 479. He bridged the Hellespont; and his first bridge being carried away by a storm, ordered the sea to be scourged and cast fetters into it

yeanling, new-born, P.L. iii. 434

zenith, the part of the sky directly above the head Zephyr, Zephyrus, the west wind

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That come before the swallow dares, and take
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