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Zephyr is a light or west wind, a wind that blows from the west, in an eastward direction. In Western tradition, it has usually been considered the mildest and most favorable of the directional winds. In Greek mythology, Zephyrus was the personification of the west wind and the bringer of light spring and early summer breezes; his Roman equivalent was Favonius. In the myth of Cupid and Psyche, Zephyrus was the attendant of Cupid, who brought Psyche to his master's palace.


  • Where the light wings of Zephyr, oppress'd with perfume,
    Wax faint o'er the gardens of Gul in her bloom.
    • Lord Byron, The Bride of Abydos (1813), Canto I, Stanza 1.
  • And soften'd sounds along the waters die:
    Smooth flow the waves, the zephyrs gently play.
  • Soft o'er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe,
    That seemed but zephyrs to the train beneath.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 925-26.
  • While the wanton Zephyr sings,
    And in the vale perfumes his wings.
  • Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows.
  • * And soon
    Their hushing dances languished to a stand,
    Like midnight leaves when, as the Zephyrs swoon,
    All on their drooping sterns they sink unfanned.
  • And on the balmy zephyrs tranquil rest
    The silver clouds.
    • John Keats, Posthumous Poems. Sonnets. Oh! How I Love on a Fair Summer's Eve.
  • Lull'd by soft zephyrs thro' the broken pane.
  • The balmy zephyrs, silent since her death,
    Lament the ceasing of a sweeter breath.

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