(the device of Paris). Sauval says, “L'île de la cité est
faite comme un grand navire enfoncé dans la vase, et échoué au fil de
l'eau vers le milieu de la Seine.” This form of a ship struck the
heraldic scribes, who, in the latter half of the Middle Ages,
emblazoned it in the shield of the city. (See Vengeur.)
When my ship comes home.
When my fortune is made. The allusion is to the argosies returning
from foreign parts laden with rich freights.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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