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Magic Wand

In Jerusalem Delivered the Hermit gives Charles the Dane and Ubaldo a wand which, being shaken, infused terror into all who saw it.

In the Faërie Queene the palmer who accompanies Sir Guyon has a staff of like virtue, made of the same wood as Mercury's caduceus.

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