Halcyon Days

A time of happiness and prosperity. Halcyon is the Greek for a kingfisher, compounded of hals (the sea) and kuo (to brood on). The ancient Sicilians believed that the kingfisher laid its eggs and incubated for fourteen days, before the winter solstice, on the surface of the sea, during which time the waves of the sea were always unruffled.

Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be
As halcyon brooding on a winter's sea.

Dryden.

The peaceful kingfishers are met together
About the deck, and prophesie calm weather.

Wild: Iter Borealë

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