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 Mercuriale (4 syl., French).Mercury, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mer’cury.
 
Images of Mercury, or rather, shapeless posts with a marble head of Mercury on them, used to be erected by the Greeks and Romans where two or more roads met, to point out the way. (Juvenal, viii. 53.)   1
        There are two famous statues of this god in Paris: one in the garden of Versailles, by Lerambert, and another in the Tuileries, by Mellana.
   You cannot make a Mercury of every log. Pythagoras said: “Non ex quovis ligno Mercurius fit.” That is, “Not every mind will answer equally well to be trained into a scholar.” The proper wood for a statue of Mercury was boxwood—“vel quod hominis pultorem prœ se ferat, vel quod materies sit omnium maxime œterna.” (Erasmus.)   2
 


 Mercuriale (4 syl., French).Mercury, 

 
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