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 Foul-weather Jack.Fountain of Youth. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fountain of Death.
 
In Jerusalem Delivered, the hermit tells Charles and Ubald of a fountain, the sight of which excites thirst, but those who taste its water die with laughter.   1
   Pompo’nius Me’la speaks of a fountain in the Fortunate Islands, “Qui potavre risu solvuntur in mortem.” Petrarch alludes to the same.   2
   These fountains symbolise the pleasures of sin.   3
 


 Foul-weather Jack.Fountain of Youth. 

 
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