Rosalina and Rosalind (Teutonic) - " Famed serpent," or beautiful as a serpent. The love story of Rosalind and Orlando in the Forest of Arden forms the subject of Shakespeare's delightful comedy "As You Like It":

From the East to Western Ind,

No jewel is like Rosalind.

Her worth, being mounted on the wind,

Through all the world bears Rosalind.

All the pictures, fairest lin'd,

Are but black to Rosalind.

Let no case be kept in mind

But the face of Rosalind.

Rosalinde - Appears in the "Shepherd's Calendar " as the vainly beloved of Colin Clout.

Rosaline - French form of Rosalina above. A very pretty story is told in connection with St. Rosaline, who lived in the thirteenth century, and was the daughter of a count at Villeneuve. Her father was of somewhat uncharitable disposition, and refused to give bread to the poor in his neighbourhood.

But Rosaline's heart was touched by their distress, and she secretly filled her apron full of food for her poor sisters. Unfortunately, however, she met her father, who asked sharply what she was thus carrying. " Only roses," she replied. And when he pulled back the apron-folds to see, lo ! her lap was full of beautiful crimson blossoms. The seigneur bowed his head at this striking rebuke, and henceforth permitted Rosaline to give away whatever she desired. Much the same story is told concerning St. Elizabeth of Hungary and her husband, King Ludwig of Thuringia, only in the latter instance Ludwig treasured one of the miraculous blossoms till his death.

Rosamond - (Teutonic) - "Famed protection." The story of the " Fair Rosamond " forms the subject of Tennyson's powerful drama " Becket." According to Higden, a monk of Chester, "She was the fayre daughter of Walter, Lord Clifford, mistress of Henry II., poisoned by Queen Eleanor, a.d. 1177. Henry made for her a house of wonderful working, so that no man or woman might come to her. This house was named Labyrinthus, and was wrought like unto a knot in a garden called a maze. But the queen came to her by a clue of thredde, and so dealt with her that she lived not long after. She was buried at Godstow, in an house of nunnes." Another Rosamond, who dwelt in far earlier times, namely, in the fifth century, was called upon to endure a still more tragic fate. She was the chieftainess of the Gepidae, or peasantry, of the Jura mountains, and was compelled by her inhuman Lombard husband to drink his health from a goblet fashioned out of the skull of her murdered father. Rosamond repaid this final insult by slaying her tormentor at midnight.

In the original the name was Hrosmond (famous protection, or horse protection). Omission of the " h," as time went on, easily led to confusion, and resulted in the series of " Rose " names many of which had really very little originally to do with the flower. Rosana - "A rose." Spanish form. Rosana was the daughter of the Queen of Armenia, and aided the three sons of St. George to quench the seven lamps of the Knight of the Black Castle. "These" seven lamps of sleep," as they are called in the tales of "The Seven Champions of Christendom," caused everyone within the room to fall into a deep stupor, from which nothing could rouse them till they were extinguished. Rosana fetched the necessary water from the enchanted fountain, and so awoke and rescued the three knights. Rosanne - Pretty old English form. Rosaura (Italian)-" Breath of a rose." Roscrana (Irish) - " Rose-bush." This lady was the daughter of Cormac, King of Moi-lena, and wife of Fingal, King of Morven. She has been poetically described in Ossian's "Tamora" as "the blue-eyed and white-handed maid, like a spirit of heaven, half folded in the skirt of a cloud." Roschana (Persian)-" Dawn of day." Roesehen - " Little rose." German diminutive. Rose - Favourite English form. Roseta - Portuguese form of " Rose." Rosetta - Italian diminutive. It was with the Princess Rosetta that St. David of Wales fell in love when he became one of the Seven Champions, Rosemary {Latin)-" Sea-dew," from Rosmarinus. There was an old belief that it was " useful in love-making " from the following. quaint reason: Both Venus, the love-goddess, and Rosemary, the sea-dew, were offspring of the sea; and while Love is Beauty's son, Rosemary is his next-of-kin ! Thus Butler in " Hudibras " writes :

The sea his mother Venus came on ; And hence some reverend men approve, Of Rosemary in making love.

Rosemary also signifies " remembrance," and, belonging to one pretty class of flower-names, indicates " fidelity in love."

Roshilda (Teutonic)-" Famed battle-maid."

Rosia (Teutonic) - "Fame." English form.

Rosie - Endearing diminutive of Rose.

Rosilde (Teutonic)-" Horse battle-maid."

Rosimonda (Teutonic)-" Horse protection." Italian form.

Rosina (Latin)-" A rose." Italian derivative.

Rosine - French and German of above.

Rosita - Spanish diminutive of " Rose."

Roswida and Roswitha (Teutonic)-" Horse strength " was the original meaning of this name, and when borne by a Frankish man was spelt Hroswith. As with Rosamond, the " h " was lost, and " Roswitha " has now been softened into " a white rose " or " a sweet rose."

Rowena (Keltic)-" White skirt." She was a Saxon princess, who wedded Ivanhoe in Sir Walter Scott's novel of that name.

Roxana (Persian)-" Dawn of day." Roxane is French.

Ruby {English)-" A safeguard." A jewel form name.

Rufina (Latin)-" Red-haired."

Rudolphine (Teutonic)-" Wolf of fame." Popu lar in Germany.

Ruperta (Teutonic)-" Bright fame."

Ruth {Hebrew)-" Beauty," or " beauty of devotion." The sweet story of Ruth and Naomi is too well known to need repeating, but the following lines of Longfellow are worthy of note :

Long was the good man's sermon,

Yet it seemed not so to me; For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,

And still I thought of thee.

Long was the prayer he uttered,

Yet it seemed not so to me; For in my heart I prayed with him,

And still I thought of thee.

Sabeila (Latin)-" A nurse."

Sabina (Latin)-"A Sabine girl." The Sabines were a very ancient Italian people, whose name has been handed down in the forms of Sabinus and Sabine.

Sabrina (English)-" The Severn." The old name for the Severn was Sabrin from the following legend. Sabrina was the daughter of King Locrine by Estrildis whom he loved in secret. When his queen, Guendolen, discovered her husband's faithlessness, she gathered together an army and marched against him. Locrine was slain in battle, and Guendolen pursued after Estrildis and Sabrina. Some say they were captured, and, by the Queen's orders, flung into the river, which was henceforth known as the Sabrin, or Severn river. The other version is that Sabrina fled, and sprang into the river to escape Guendolen's wrath. Nereus (the sea-god) took pity on her, and made her the goddess of the Severn, which was afterwards poetically called Sabrina. Three writers refer to this story - Geoffrey of Monmouth, in " Historia Britonum;" Milton, in " Comus," and Fletcher in " The Faithful Shepherdess."

Sadie {Hebrew)-" Princess." An affectionate contraction of Sarah, used in America as a distinct name.

Saffi (Greek) - " Wisdom." Danish form.

Sally {Hebrew)-" Princess." English contraction of Sarah.

Salome {Hebrew)-" Peaceful." This was the name of the famous daughter of Herodias, whose dancing so charmed King Herod that he promised to grant any boon she might ask, a promise which led to the execution of John the Baptist.

Victoria Regina

"Victoria Regina"

How a girl of eighteen years received the news of her accession to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. Writing about it, she said : " Lord Conyngham knelt and kissed my hand, and gave me the certificate of the King's death." At the close of the interview the Queen of an hour said to the Archbishop: " I ask your Grace to pray for me." From the fainting by H. T. Wells, R.a.