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Camʹbuscanʹ

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King of Sarra, in the land of Tartary; the model of all royal virtues. His wife was Elʹfeta; his two sons, Algarsife and Camʹbalo; and his daughter, Canʹacë. On her birthday (October 15th) the King of Arabia and India sent Cambuscan a “steed of brass, which, between sunrise and sunset, would carry its rider to any spot on the earth.” All that was required was to whisper the name of the place in the horse’s ear, mount upon his back, and turn a pin set in his ear. When the rider had arrived at the place required, he had to turn another pin, and the horse instantly descended, and, with another screw of the pin, vanished till it was again required. This story is told by Chaucer in the Squire’s Tale, but was never finished. Milton (Il Penseroso) accents the word Cambusʹ-can.

“Him that left half-told


The story of Cambuscan bold.”

(See Canace.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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