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 Ceca to Mecca (From).Cecil’s Fast. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cecil’ia (St.).
A Roman lady who underwent martyrdom in the third century. She is the patron saint of the blind, being herself blind; she is also patroness of musicians, and “inventor of the organ.”   1
“At length divine Cecilia came,
Inventress of the vocal frame.”
Dryden: Alexander’s Feast.
   According to tradition, an angel fell in love with her for her musical skill, and used nightly to visit her. Her husband saw the heavenly visitant, who gave to both a crown of martyrdom which he brought from Paradise. Dryden and Pope have written odes in her honour, and both speak of her charming an angel by her musical powers:   2
“He [Timotheus] raised a mortal to the skies,”
She [Cecilia] brought an angel down.”
Dryden: Alexander’s Feast.

 Ceca to Mecca (From).Cecil’s Fast. 


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