Note [original edition] : Her pains came upon her near the trunk of a palm-
;] The palm to which she fled, that she might lean on it in her travail,
was a withered trunk, without any head or verdure, and this happened in the
winter season; notwithstanding which it miraculously supplied her with fruits
for her refreshment6
as is mentioned immediately.
It has been observed, that the Mohammedan
account of the delivery of the
very much resembles that of Latona
, as described by the poets1
not only in this circumstance of their laying hold on a palm-tree
some say Latona
embraced an olive-tree, or an olive and a palm, or else two
laurels), but also in that of their infants speaking; which Apollo
to have done in the womb3
Iidem, Al Zamakh.
V. Sikii not. in Evang. Infant. p. 9, 21, &c.
Homer. Hymn. in Apoll. Callimach. Hymn. in Delum.
Callimach. ibid. See Kor. chap. 3, p. 57.