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 Ros’aline (3 syl.).Rosa’na. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ros’amond (Fair).
 
Higden, monk of Chester, says: “She was the fayre daughter of Walter, Lord Clifford, concubine of Henry II., and poisoned by Queen Elianor, A.D. 1177. Henry made for her a house of wonderfull working, so that no man or woman might come to her. This house was named Labyrinthus, and was wrought like unto a knot in a garden called a maze. But the queen came to her by a clue of thredde, and so dealt with her that she lived not long after. She was buried at Godstow, in an house of nunnes, with these verses upon her tombe:—   1
       
“Hic jacet in tumba Rosa mundi, non Rosa munda:
Non redolet, sed olet, quæ redole’rë solet.”
Here Rose the graced, not Rose the chaste, reposes;
The smell that rises is no smell of roses.
       
E. C. B.
   Rosamond Clifford is introduced by Sir Walter Scott in two of his novels—The Talisman and Woodstock.   2
       
“Jane Clifford was her name, as books aver;
Fair Rosamond was but her nom de guerre.
       
Dryden: Epilogue to Henry II.
 


 Ros’aline (3 syl.).Rosa’na. 

 
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