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Cecilʹia (St.)

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A Roman lady who underwent martyrdom in the third century. She is the patron saint of the blind, being herself blind; she is also patroness of musicians, and “inventor of the organ.”

At length divine Cecilia came,

Inventress of the vocal frame.”


Dryden: Alexander’s Feast.

According to tradition, an angel fell in love with her for her musical skill, and used nightly to visit her. Her husband saw the heavenly visitant, who gave to both a crown of martyrdom which he brought from Paradise. Dryden and Pope have written odes in her honour, and both speak of her charming an angel by her musical powers:


“He [Timotheus] raised a mortal to the skies,”

She [Cecilia] brought an angel down.”


Dryden: Alexander’s Feast.

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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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