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Judas “was hanged on an elder,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, v. 2. 599. Such was the common legend; in accordance to which, Sir John Mandevile tells us that, in his time, the very tree was to be seen. “And faste by, is zit the Tree of Eldre, that Judas henge him self upon, for despeyt that he hadde, whan he solde and betrayed oure Lorde.” Voiage and Travaile, p. 112, ed. 1725. (But we find in Pulci, “Era di sopra a la fonte un carrubbio,
L'arbor, si dice, ove s'impiccò Giuda,”
Morgante Mag. C. xxv. st. 77. The Arbor Judæ [Cercis siliquastrum], writes Gerarde, “is thought to be that whereon Iudas did hang himselfe, and not vpon the Elder tree, as it is vulgarly said.” Herbal, p. 1428, ed. 1633. )

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