Emblematic of St. Giles, because “a heaven-directed hind went daily
to give him milk in the desert, near the mouth of the Rhone.” (See Hart.)
The hind of Sertorius.
Sertorius was invited by the Lusitanians to defend them against the
Romans. He had a tame white hind, which he taught to follow him, and
from which he pretended to receive the instructions of Dian'a. By this
artifice, says Plutarch, he imposed on the superstition of the people.
He feigned a demon (in a hind concealed)
To him the counsels of the gods revealed.
Camoens: Lusiad, i
The milk-white hind,
in Dryden's poem, The Hind and the Panther,
means the Roman
Catholic Church, milk-white because “infallible.” The panther, full of
the spots of error, is the Church of England.
Without unspotted, innocent within,
She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.
Part i, lines 3, 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894