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 Sea Deities.Sea-green Incorruptible (The). 
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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