Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Hyssop.

 Hy’son.Hys’teron Prot’eron (Greek). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
David says (Ps. li. 7): “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.” The reference is to the custom of someone who was ceremoniously “clean” sprinkling the unclean (when they came to present themselves in the Temple) with a bunch of hyssop dipped in water, in which had been mixed the ashes of a red heifer. This was done as they left the Court of the Gentiles to enter the Court of the women (Numbers xix. 17).   1

 Hy’son.Hys’teron Prot’eron (Greek). 


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.