Fennel

Said to restore lost vision and to give courage.

Above the lowly plants it towers,
The fennel with its yellow flowers,
And in an earlier age than ours,
Was gifted with the wondrous powers
Lost vision to restore;
It gave new strength and fearless mood,
And gladiators fierce and rude
Mingled it in their daily food;
And he who battled and subdued
The wreath of fennel wore.

Longfellow: The Goblet of Life, stanza 6.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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