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Druid

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A chief priest (Celtic, der, superior; wydd, priest or instructor). In Taliesin we read, Bûm gwŷdd yngwarth an (at length I became a priest or wydd). It was after this period that the wydds were divided into two classes, the Derwydds and the Go-wydds (Dʹruids and Ovidds). Every chief had his druid, and every chief druid was allowed a guard of thirty men (Strabo). The order was very wealthy. (Not derived from the Greek drus, an oak.)

⁂ Patricius tells us that the Druids were wont to borrow money to be repaid in the life to come. His words are, “Druidæ pecuniam mutuo accipiebant in posteriore vita reddituri.”        

“Like money the the Druids borrowed,

In tʹother world to be restoréd.”

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Butler: Hudibras, part iii. canto.

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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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