E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Emblematic of St. Giles, because a heaven-directed hind went daily to give him milk in the desert, near the mouth of the Rhone. (See HART.)
The hind of Sertorius. Sertorius was invited by the Lusitanians to defend them against the Romans. He had a tame white hind, which he taught to follow him, and from which he pretended to receive the instructions of Diana. By this artifice, says Plutarch, he imposed on the superstition of the people.
He feigned a demon (in a hind concealed)
To him the counsels of the gods revealed.
Camoens: Lusiad, i.
The milk-white hind, in Drydens poem, The Hind and the Panther, means the Roman Catholic Church, milk-white because infallible. The panther, full of the spots of error, is the Church of England.