One of the numerous names of the pansy or hearts-ease.
Originally white, but changed to a purple colour by the fall of Cupid's
bolt upon it.
Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell.
It fell upon a little Western flower,
Before, milk-white, now purple with love's wound;
The maidens call it Love-in-idleness.
Shakespeare Midsummer Night's Dream, ii. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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