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 Nero of the North.Nesr. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nero’s Friend.
After Nero’s fall, when his statues and monuments were torn down by order of the Senate, and every mark of dishonour was accorded to his memory, some unknown hand during the night went to his grave and strewed it with violets.   1

 Nero of the North.Nesr. 

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