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 Elder Brethren.Eleanor Crosses. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sir John Maundeville, speaking of the Pool of Sil’oe, says, “Fast by is the elder-tree on which Judas hanged himself … when he sold and betrayed our Lord.” Shakespeare, in Love’s Labour’s Lost, v. 2, says, “Judas was hanged on an elder.” (See FIG-TREE.)
“Judas he japed
With Jewish siller,
And sithen on an elder tree
Hanged himsel.”
Piers Plowman: Vision.

 Elder Brethren.Eleanor Crosses. 


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