E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Egyptians used to say that the swelling of the Nile was caused by the tears of Isis. The feast of Isis was celebrated at the anniversary of the death of Osiris, when Isis was supposed to mourn for her husband.
The hero of the Nile. Horatio, Lord Nelson (17581805).