Count Manfred, son of Count Sigismund, sold himself to the
Prince of Darkness, and had seven spirits bound to do his bidding, viz.
the spirits of “earth, ocean, air, night, mountains, winds,” and the
star of his own destiny. He was wholly without human sympathies, and
lived in splendid solitude among the Alpine mountains. He once loved
the Lady Astarte (2 syl.) who died, but Manfred went to the hall of
Arimanes to see and speak to her phantom, and was told that he would
die the following day. The next day the Spirit of his Destiny came to
summon him; the proud count scornfully dismissed it, and died. (Byron Manfred.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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