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 Hvergelmer.Hy’ades (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hy’acinth,
 
according to Grecian fable, was the son of Am&ymacr;clas, a Spartan king. The lad was beloved by Apollo and Zephyr, and as he preferred the sun-god, Zephyr drove Apollo’s quoit at his head, and killed him. The blood became a flower, and the petals are inscribed with the boy’s name. (Virgil Eclogues, iii. 106.)   1
       
‘The hyacinth bewrays the doleful ‘A I,
And culls the tribute of Apollo’s sigh.
Still on its bloom the mournful flower retains
The lovely blue that dyed the stripling’s veins.’
       
Camoens: Lusiad, ix.
 


 Hvergelmer.Hy’ades (3 syl.). 

 
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