• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fen-fire the Will-o'-the-wisp
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fenn; Ice. fen.


In literature:

She met him at the bridge of the Galland fen and her grey eyes flashed fire.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
The great fen to-day was full, far and wide, of little smouldering fires.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Then more fen fires arise, showing that other treacherous quagmires are at hand; but Crouch skirts them safely.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth

In poetry:

In dark fens of the Dismal Swamp
The hunted Negro lay;
He saw the fire of the midnight camp,
And heard at times a horse's tramp
And a bloodhound's distant bay.
"The Slave In The Dismal Swamp" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I block the roads, and drift the fields with snow;
I chase the wild-fowl from the frozen fen;
My frosts congeal the rivers in their flow,
My fires light up the hearths and hearts of men.
"In The Harbour: The Poet's Calendar" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow