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Ivory Gate of Dreams (The)

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Dreams which delude pass through this gate, those which come true pass through the Gate of Horn. This fancy depends upon two puns: ivory in Greek is elĕphas, and the verb elephairo means “to cheat with empty hopes;” the Greek for horn is keras, and the verb karanoõ means “to accomplish.”

“Sunt geminæ somni portæ: quarum altera fertur

Cornea, qua veris facilis datur exitus umbris;

Altera candenti perfecta nitens elephanto;

Sed falsa ad cœlum mittunt insomnia manes.”


Virgil: Æneid, vi. 894–897.

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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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