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Gryll

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Let Gryll be Gryll, and keep his hoggish mind. Donʹt attempt to wash a blackamoor white; the leopard will never change his spots. Gryll is from the Greek gru (the grunting of a hog). When Sir Guyon disenchanted the forms in the Bower of Bliss some were exceedingly angry, and one in particular, named Gryll, who had been metamorphosed by Acraʹsia into a hog, abused him most roundly. “Come,” says the palmer to Sir Guyon,

Let Gryll be Gryll, and have his hoggish mind.

But let us hence depart while weather serves, and wind.”


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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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