Transportation was punishment by exile, sometimes for a period of years, sometimes for life. Transportation to what is now the USA was a common sentence meted out to criminals in the 17th and 18th centuries, when much of North America was a British colony. Hanging was the usual punishment for returning illegally from transportation.
" the Egyptian Walk and the black doors in the mock-Egyptian walls "
Terpsichore is the Greek muse of dance and theatrical choruses. Echo was a nymph who, in Greek mythology, fell in love with a self-absorbed youth who scorned her, and pined away for love of him. Clytemnestra is another figure from Greek mythology, who plotted with her lover to murder her husband, only to be murdered in turn by her son Orestes.
Classical references such as these, particularly comparisons between a beloved and mythological women, were common in the poetry of Nehemiah's period.
" young Leander, young Hero, young Alexander "