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 Sea Deities.Sea-green Incorruptible (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sea-girt Isle.
 
England. So called because, as Shakespeare has it, it is “hedged in with the main, that water-wallëd bulwark” (King John, ii. 1).   1
       
“This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands.”
       
Shakespeare: King Richard II., ii. 1.
 


 Sea Deities.Sea-green Incorruptible (The). 

 
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