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of short life. [Br. Lit.: I Henry IV]
symbolic of transitoriness of life. [Art: Hall, 54]
cherry orchards where fruit was briefly sold; symbolic of transience. [Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 217]
Grey, Lady Jane
terse but famous speech given by President Lincoln at dedication of national cemetery. (Gettysburg, Penn., 1863). [Am. Hist.: EB, IV: 515]
(1537–1554) queen of England for nine days. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 1146]
symbol of fading loveliness; blooms briefly. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Arab-Israeli war (1967). [Near East. Hist.: EB, I: 470]
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