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 Holy Family.Holy Land (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Holy Isle.
 
Lindisfarne, in the German Ocean, about eight miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed. It was once the see of the famous St. Cuthbert, but now the bishopric is that of Durham. The ruins of the old cathedral are still visible.   1
   Ireland used to be called the Holy Island on account of its numerous “saints.”   2
   Guernsey was so called in the tenth century in consequence of the great number of monks residing there.   3
   Rugen was so called by the Slavonic Varini.   4
   Scattery, to which St. Senanus retired, and swore that no female should set foot there, is the one referred to by Thomas Moore in his Irish Melodies, No. ii. 2.   5
       
“Oh! haste and leave this sacred isle
… For on thy deck, though dark it be.
A female form I see.”
 


 Holy Family.Holy Land (The). 

 
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