The moon; a surname of Artemis or Diana. The Roman Diana, who
represented the moon, was called Cynthia from Mount Cynthus, where she
And from embattled clouds emerging slow,
Cynthia came riding on her silver car.
Cynthia. Pope, speaking of the inconstant character of woman, “matter
too soft a lasting mark to bear,” says -
Come, then, the colours and the ground prepare!
Dip in the rainbow, trick her off in air;
Choose a firm cloud, before it fall, and in it
Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of the minute.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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