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Ernaʹni

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The bandit-captain, Duke of Segorʹbia and Cardoʹna, Lord of Arʹagon, and Count of Ernani, in love with Elviʹra, who is betrothed to Don Ruy Gomez de Silva, an old Spanish grandee, whom she detests. Charles V. of Spain also loves her, and tries to win her. Silva, finding that the king has been tampering with his betrothed, joins the league of Ernani against the king. The king in concealment overhears the plotters, and, at a given signal, they are arrested by his guards, but, at the intercession of Elvira, are pardoned and set free. Ernaʹni is on the point of marrying Elvira, when a horn is heard. This horn Ernani had given to Silva when he joined the league, saying, “Sound but this horn, and at that moment Ernani will cease to live.” Silva insists on the fulfilment of the compact, and Ernani stabs himself. (Verdi’s opera of Ernani.)

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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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Erinnys
Eriphila
Erix
Erl-king
Ermeline (Dame)
Ermienes
Ermine or Hermine
Ermine Street
Erminia
Ernani
Ernest (Duke)
Eros
Erostratus
Erra-Pater
Erse
Erudite
Erythreos
Erythynus
Escapade
Esclandre