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Proserʹpina or Prosʹerpine (3 syl.)

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One day, as she was amusing herself in the meadows of Sicily, Pluto seized her and carried her off in his chariot to the infernal regions for his bride. In her terror she dropped some of the lilies she had been gathering, and they turned to daffodils.

“O Proserpina,

For the flowers now, that frighted thou letʹst fall

From Dis’s waggon! daffodils,

That come before the swallow dares, and take

The winds of March with beauty.”


Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, iv. 4.

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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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