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 Saturna’lia.Satur’nian Verses. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Saturnian Days.
Days of dulness, when everything is venal.   1
“Then rose the seed of Chaos and of Night
To blot out order and extinguish light,
Of dull and venal a new world to mould,
And bring Saturnian days of lead and gold.”
Dunciad, iv.
   They are lead to indicate dulness, and gold to indicate venality.   2

 Saturna’lia.Satur’nian Verses. 

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