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cypress “let me be laid—In sad,” TWELFTH NIGHT, ii. 4. 51. Let me be laid in a coffin made of sad cypress-wood. Here some prefer understanding cypress to mean “a shroud of cypress or cyprus” (see the next article); but it is at least certain that formerly coffins were frequently made of cypress-wood; and Douce remarks that“the expression laid seems more applicable to a coffin than to a shroud, and also that the shroud is afterwards expressly mentioned by itself.” (According to Fortiguerra, when Astolfo died:
“non fu posto in una buca,
Ma con incenso, mirra, ed elisire
Fu imbalsamato, acciò si riconduca
Intero in Francia, e di nero cipresso
Fero una cassa, e sel portaro appresso.”
Ricciardetto, c. xix. st. 82. )

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