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Florimel's Girdle

gave to those who could wear it “the virtue of chaste love and wifehood true;” but if any woman not chaste and faithful put it on, it “loosed or tore asunder.” It was once the cestus of Venus, made by her husband Vulcan; but when she wantoned with Mars it fell off, and was left on the “Acidalian mount.”

(Spenser: Faërie Queene, book iv. 11, 12.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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