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the Roman emperor, boasted that he would rebuild Jerusalem, but was mortally wounded by an arrow before the foundation was laid. Much has been made of this by early Christian writers, who dwell on the prohibition and curse pronounced against those who should attempt to rebuild the city, and the fate of Julian is pointed out as an example of Divine wrath against the impious disregarder of the threat.

“Well pleased they look for Sion’s coming state,

Nor think of Julian’s boast and Julian’s fate.”

Crabbe: Borough.

St. Julian. Patron saint of travellers and of hospitality. Represented as accompanied by a stag in allusion to his early career as a hunter; and either receiving the poor and afflicted, or ferrying travellers across a river.

“An househaldere, and that a gret, was he!

Seynt Julian he was in his countre,

His breed, his ale, was alway after oon [one pattern];

A bettre envyned man was nowhere noon.”

Chaucer: The Frankeleyn, Introduction to Canterbury Tales.

St. Julian was he deemed. A great epicure. St. Julian was the epicurean of saints. (See above.)

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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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Judica (Latin)
Judicium Crucis
Judicium Dei (Latin)
Jug (A)
Juge de Paix (French)
Jugged Hare
Juggernaut or Jaggernaut
Juggs or Jougs
Julian Epoch or Era
Julian Period
Julian Year
Julienne Soup
Julium Sidus
Jump at an Offer (To)

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