"lover," from name of shepherd lover in Sidney's "Arcadia" (begun 1580).
Amongst these was plainly visible the heroic form of strephon Smith.
Behemoth was a strephon, and he thought that he had found his Chloe.
In that day Chloe still lived; nor were the amorous transports of strephon quenched.
strephon is in Parliament and carrying things with a high hand.
The peers beg her for mercy, and Phyllis implores strephon to relent, but he casts her from him.
And you—you were content to let me play strephon to your Chloe.
If he could have been strephon to her Chloe it would have been perfect.
strephon shall go into Parliament to wreak vengeance on them.
strephon tells his tale of woe, and there follows an amazing and amusing exchange of reproach and ridicule.
Taunted by a reference to his "young" mother, strephon discloses that she is a fairy.