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 Barley Sugar.Bar’mecide’s Feast. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bar’mecide (3 syl.).
 
The word is used to express the uncertainty of things on which we set our heart. As the beggar looked forward to a feast, but found only empty dishes; so many a joy is found to be mere illusion when we come to partake of it.   1
       
“To-morrow! the mysterious unknown guest
Who cries aloud, ‘Remember Barmecide!
And tremble to be happy with the rest.’”
       
Longfellow.
 


 Barley Sugar.Bar’mecide’s Feast. 

 
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