Seven Sleepers


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Seven Sleepers

youths who fled Decian persecution; slept for more than 200 years. [Christian and Muslim Tradition: Benét, 918]
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But the mother lode for the Christian era appears to be the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, saints whose feast day is July 27.
He wanted to visit the cave of the Seven Sleepers as they had come to be called.
Richard James will also be there to sing songs from his album The Seven Sleepers Den which was released on Boobytrap Records.
There is an ancient legend of the Seven Sleepers, but, according to Mary Blocksma's fine book Naming Nature, this is a title also given to the seven mammals of North America that hibernate for much of the winter.
Herbert Grierson is mutein his edition of The Poems of John Donne (1912), but Helen Gardner gives the gist of the legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus:
In Arabia, a talisman consisting of a piece of paper on which are written the names of the Seven Sleepers and their dog is used to protect a house from ghosts and demons.
They are the Life of Saint Euphrosyne and the economics of sanctity; Saint Mary of Egypt; the Seven Sleepers, eros, and the unincorporable infinite of the human person; and reversal of fortune, response, and reward in the Passion of Saint Eustace.
Then there is the fate of the seven sleepers of Ephesus, hiding in a cave when the entrance was blocked by angry tax collectors.