Alcyones; a species of bind, so called from Alcyone, the wife of Ceyx, who was changed into it. This Ceyx was the son of Lucifer, and king of Thrace. He went against Aleyone's will into aegypt, to consult the oracle upon what account his brother was turned into a sparrow-hawk. He premised to return by a prefixed time, but was unhappily drowned by the way. Alcyone waited for him long with great impatience; but, observing at last his body floating upon the waves, she threw herself into the sea to swim to it, and by the way was changed into a bird called halcyon, or kingfisher. Leander, when crossing the Hellespont, heard no sound but the plaintive murmurs of these birds, which are said to promise a calm sea, especially at the time when they build their rests.
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