Tiburce

(3 syl.) or Tiburce (2 syl.). Brother of Valirian, converted by the teaching of St. Cecilia, his sister-in-law, and baptised by Pope Urban. Being brought before Almachius the prefect, and commanded to worship the image of Jupiter, both the brothers refused, and were decapitated. (Chaucer: Secounde Nonnes Tale.)

Al this thing sche unto Tiburce told (3 syl.),
And after this Tiburce, in good entente (2 syl.),
With Valirian to Pope Urban wente.

Chaucer: Canterbury Tales, 12,276.

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