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 Ar’abs.A’raf, Al [the partition]. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Arachn’s Labours.
Spinning and weaving. Arachn was so skilful a needlewoman that she challenged Minerva to a trial of skill, and hanged herself because the goddess beat her. Minerva then changed her into a spider.   1
“Arachns labours ne’er her hours divide,
Her noble hands nor looms nor spindles guide.”
Hoole’s Jerusalem Delivered, book ii.

 Ar’abs.A’raf, Al [the partition]. 


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