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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Peg’asos (Greek; Pegasus, Latin).
The inspiration of poetry, or, according to Boiardo (Orlando Inamorato), the horse of the Muses. A poet speaks of his Peg’asus, as “My Pegasus will not go this morning,” meaning his brain will not work. “I am mounting Pegasus”—i.e. going to write poetry. “I am on my Pegasus,” i.e. engaged in writing verses.   1
   Peg’asus or Peg’asos, according to classic mythology, was the winged horse on which Beller’ophon rode against the Chimæra. When the Muses contended with the daughters of Pi’eros, Hel’icon rose heavenward with delight; but Peg’asos gave it a kick, stopped its ascent, and brought out of the mountain the soul-inspiring waters of Hippocrene [Hip’-po-creen].   2

 Peg too Low (A).Pegg (Katharine). 


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