Posted by Lewis on May 21, 2004
In Reply to: Gild the Lily posted by Sax on May 21, 2004
: Hi! I have no idea what this means. Can you please help me figure it out (and maybe where it comes from?) Thank you - Sax
'To gild' is to apply gold to an object to make it shine. A lily is a flower that is very beautiful in its natural state, so to gild a lily is unnecessary and can actually detract from its natural beauty.
I think it has a Biblical origin - certainly lilies are referred to there asd examples of natural beauty.