Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Daphne.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Daughter of a river-god, loved by Apollo. She fled from the amorous god, and escaped by being changed into a laurel, thenceforth the favourite tree of the sun-god.
“Nay, lady, sit. If I but wave this wand,
Your nerves are all chain’d up in alabaster,
And you a statue, or, as Daphnë was,
Root-bound, that fled Apollo.”
Milton: Comus, 678–681.



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