Zephyrus


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Zeph·y·rus

 (zĕf′ər-əs)
n. Greek Mythology
A god personifying the gentle west wind.

Zephyrus

(ˈzɛfərəs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the god of the west wind
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Now Morn her rosie steps in th' Eastern Clime Advancing, sow'd the Earth with Orient Pearle, When ADAM wak't, so customd, for his sleep Was Aerie light, from pure digestion bred, And temperat vapors bland, which th' only sound Of leaves and fuming rills, AURORA's fan, Lightly dispers'd, and the shrill Matin Song Of Birds on every bough; so much the more His wonder was to find unwak'nd EVE With Tresses discompos'd, and glowing Cheek, As through unquiet rest: he on his side Leaning half-rais'd, with looks of cordial Love Hung over her enamour'd, and beheld Beautie, which whether waking or asleep, Shot forth peculiar Graces; then with voice Milde, as when ZEPHYRUS on FLORA breathes, Her hand soft touching, whisperd thus.
We two can fly as swiftly as Zephyrus who they say is fleetest of all winds; nevertheless it is your doom to fall by the hand of a man and of a god.
378-382) And Eos bare to Astraeus the strong-hearted winds, brightening Zephyrus, and Boreas, headlong in his course, and Notus, -- a goddess mating in love with a god.
Do thou, sweet Zephyrus, rising from thy fragrant bed, mount the western sky, and lead on those delicious gales, the charms of which call forth the lovely Flora from her chamber, perfumed with pearly dews, when on the 1st of June, her birth-day, the blooming maid, in loose attire, gently trips it over the verdant mead, where every flower rises to do her homage, till the whole field becomes enamelled, and colours contend with sweets which shall ravish her most.
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Julia, lives in London and Rutland with her partner, Gerard Cunningham, along with their three-year-old son, Zephyrus and twin girls Xanthe and Zena, who were born in March.
To the ancient Greeks, Zephyrus was the god of the western wind.
Probably due to the conservative tastes of Salzburg, Widl structured the libretto as a traditional opera seria using five characters: Zephyrus, Hyacinthus, Apollo, Melia (sister of Hyacinthus), and Oebalus (father of Hyacinthus and Melia).
The 44-year-old former Countryfile host has a threeyear-old son called Zephyrus with partner Gerard Cunningham.
Julia - who already has threeyear-old son Zephyrus with partner Gerard Cunningham - fell pregnant again after five rounds of IVF.
It is interesting to note, though, that borrowing from Classical topoi is also a typical feature of the West-European fairy tale tradition (think only about the Psyche & Cupid theme borrowed from Apuleius's The Golden Ass in "The Beauty & the Beast" for instance [Warner 273276], or about Zephyrus featuring in Madame d'Aulnoy's Ile de la Felicite).
Colorful flowers are notable, too, in Claudian's "ombrosum nemus": "micant, manibus quae subdita nullis perpetuum florent"; these do not look planted by hand, he says, but grow spontaneously with the help of Zephyrus.