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Guards of the Pole

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The two stars β and γ in the Great Bear. Shakespeare, in Othello, ii. 1, refers to them where he says, the surge seems “to quench the guards of the ever-fixéd pole.”

“How to knowe the houre of the night by the [Polarʹ] Gards, by knowing on what point of the compass they shall be at midnight every fifteenth day throughout the whole year.”—Norman: Safegard of Sailors (1587).

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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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Grunth
Gruyère
Gryll
Gryphon (in Orlando Furioso)
Gryphons
Guadiana
Guaff
Guano
Guarantee
Guard
Guards of the Pole
Guarinos (Admiral)
Gubbings
Gudgeon
Gudrun
Gudule
Guebres or Ghebers [Fire-Worshippers]
Guelder Rose
Guelpho
Guelphs and Ghibellines
Guendolen