E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hesperides (4 syl.).
Three sisters who guarded the golden apples which Hera (Juno) received as a marriage gift. They were assisted by the dragon Ladon. Many English poets call the place where these golden apples grew the garden of the Hesperids. Shakespeare (Loves Labours Lost, iv. 3) speaks of climbing trees in the Hesperids. (See Comus, lines 402406.)
Show thee the tree, leafed with refinëd gold,
Whereon the fearful dragon held his seat.
That watched the garden called Hesperids.
Robert Grene: Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay. (1508.)