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 Sa’mian.Samian Sage (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Samian Letter (The).
 
The letter Y, used by Pythag’oras as an emblem of the straight narrow path of virtue, which is one, but, if once deviated from, the farther the lines are extended the wider becomes the breach.   1
       
“When reason doubtful, like the Samian letter,
Points him two ways, the narrower the better.”
       
Dunciad, iv.
 


 Sa’mian.Samian Sage (The). 

 
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