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 Seven Sisters.Seven Sorrows of the Virgin. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Seven Sleepers.
 
Seven noble youths of Ephesos, who fled in the Decian persecution to a cave in Mount Celion. After 230 years they awoke, but soon died, and their bodies were taken to Marseilles in a large stone coffin, still shown in Victor’s church. Their names are Constantine, Dionysius, John, Maxim’ian, Malchus, Martin’ian, and Serap’ion. This fable took its rise from a misapprehension of the words, “They fell asleep in the Lord”—i.e. died. (Gregory of Tours De Gloria Martyrum, i. 9.) (See Koran, xviii.: Golden Legend, etc.)   1
 


 Seven Sisters.Seven Sorrows of the Virgin. 

 
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