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 Hell.Hell Broth. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hell (Rivers of).
Classic authors tell us that the Inferno is encompassed by five rivers: Ach&echeck;ron, Coc&ymacr;tus, Styx, Phleg&echeck;thon, and Leth. Acheron from the Greek achos-reo, grief-flowing; Cocytus, from the Greek kkuo, to weep, supposed to be a flood of tears; Styx, from the Greek stug&echeck;o, to loathe; Phlegethon, from the Greek phl&echeck;go, to burn; and Lethê, from the Greek letl, oblivion.   1
Five hateful rivers round Inferno run,
Grief comes the first, and then the Flood of tears,
Next loathsome Styx, then liquid Flame appears,
Letb comes last, or blank oblivion.
E. C. B.

 Hell.Hell Broth. 


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