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 Hop-o’-my-Thumb.Hopeful. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hope.
 
Before Alexander set out for Asia he divided his kingdom among his friends. “My lord,” said Perdiccas, “what have you left for yourself?” “Hope,” replied Alexander. Whereupon Perdiccas rejoined, “If hope is enough for Alexander, it is enough for Perdiccas,” and declined to accept any bounty from the king.   1
   The Bard of Hope. Thomas Campbell (1777–1844), the author of The Pleasures of Hope. The entire profits on this poem were £900.   2
   The Cape of Good Hope. (See STORMS.)   3
 


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