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 Styli’tes or Pillar Saints.Suav’iter in Modo (Latin). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Styx.
 
The river of Hate, called by Milton “abhorrëd Styx, the flood of burning hate” (Paradise Lost, ii. 577). It was said to flow nine times round the infernal regions. (Greek, stug’eo, hate.)   1
   The Styx is a river of Egypt, and the tale is that Isis collected the various parts of Osris (murdered by Typhon) and buried them in secrecy on the banks of the Styx. The classic fables about the Styx are obviously of Egyptian origin. Charon, as Diodrus informs us, is an Egyptian word for a “ferryman,” and styx means “hate.”   2
        “The Thames reminded him of Styx.”—M. Taine.
   Styx, the dread oath of gods.   3
       
“For by the black infernal Styx I swear
(That dreadful oath which binds the Thunderer)
’Tis fixed!”
       
Pope: Thebais of Statius, i.
 


 Styli’tes or Pillar Saints.Suav’iter in Modo (Latin). 

 
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