Golden legend

Definitions

  • From Caxton's 'Golden Legend
    From Caxton's 'Golden Legend
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Golden Legend a hagiology (the “Aurea Legenda”) written by James de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, in the 13th century, translated and printed by Caxton in 1483, and partially paraphrased by Longfellow in a poem thus entitled.
    • Golden legend See under Golden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Golden legend (L. aurea legenda), a celebrated medieval collection of lives of the greater saints, the work of Jacobus de Voragine (1230-98)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gold; Ice. gull, Ger. gold, Goth. gulth, Russ. zlato, Gr. chrysos.

Usage

In literature:

Golden Legend, by Caxton, 52.
"Enemies of Books" by William Blades
The whole alphabet of revelation between the first letter and the last does but spell out the golden legend of His unalterable glory.
"Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews" by Handley C.G. Moule
The Greek legends were fond of a golden age when the gods moved among men.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
The legends that sprang up about his name are steeped in a golden haze.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
At his death in 1492, a copy of the 'Golden Legend' was valued at 6s.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
Jolly Father Joe, a tale from the Golden Legend, 255.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
Production of Dudley Buck's prize symphonic cantata, "The Golden Legend," at the Cincinnati Festival.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
There are two others in the preface to The Golden Legend.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
His latest works are the opera "Ruddygore" and the cantata "The Golden Legend," both written in 1886.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
Their lives will be a summer dream, a golden legend, a pure, fond idyl.
"Faith and Unfaith" by Duchess
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In poetry:

O golden legends writ in the skies!
I turn towards you with longing soul,
And list to the awful harmonies
Of the Spheres as on they roll.
"The King On The Tower" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The gates of birth. Here, where the lilacs hedge
The winding road, the Gentle Singer told
The Legend Golden; and the murmuring sedge
Of his loved Charles still with his name makes bold.
"Cambridge" by Oscar Fay Adams
Let antient legends, of romantic Greece,
Applaud the union of the golden fleece:
In later days, let popish records boast,
Great Godfry's band, and the Teutonic host.
More worthy leagues mechanic patriots frame,
For manual arts deserve a nobler name.
"Verses I" by Samuel Bowden

In news:

Over the years, fans and critics have begged Nintendo to take a step forward with its golden, multi-platinum The Legend of Zelda franchise.
Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend (Kelmscott Press, 1892).
Jack Nicklaus Wines launched a line of Golden Bear Reserve Commemorative Series limited-edition Napa Valley wines that celebrate the golf legend's record 18 professional major championships.
Legend of the Golden Egg Warrior.
Naming the 24 best playground legends from the Golden State didn't seem so difficult at first.
Description Living legend Debbie Reynolds talks about the "Golden Age of Hollywood".
Dwayne Davis netted 27 points to power the Southern Miss Golden Eagles to a 61-49 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats as part of the Legends Classic at Bernard Johnson Coliseum.
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