and Baucis entertained Jupiter and Mercury when everyone
else refused them hospitality. Being asked to make a request, they
begged that they might both die at the same time. When they were very
old, Philemon was changed into an oak, and Baucis into a linden tree. (Ovid: Metamorphoses, iii. 631, etc.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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