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 Hen with one Chick.Hengist and Horsa. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Henchman. Henchboy.
 
The Anglo-Saxon hinc is a servant or page; or perhaps henges-man, a horse-man; henges or hengst, a horse.   1
       
“I do but beg a little changeling boy
To be my benchman.”
       
Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, ii. 1.
 


 Hen with one Chick.Hengist and Horsa. 

 
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