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 Nice as Ninepence.Nicene Creed. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nice’an Barks or Nycean Barks.
Edgar Poe, in his lyric To Helen, says—   1
“Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently o’er a perfumed sea
The weary, way-worn wanderer bore
To his own native shore.”
   The way-worn wanderer was Dionysos or Bacchus, after his renowned conquests. His native shore was the Western Horn, called the Amalthan Horn. And the Nicean barks were vessels sent from the island Nysa, to which in infancy Dionysos was conveyed to screen him from Rhea. The perfumed sea was the sea surrounding Nysa, a paradisal island.   2

 Nice as Ninepence.Nicene Creed. 


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