(3 syl.). A blunt but noble knight who delivered Una from the
fauns and satyrs. The meaning is this: Truth, being driven from the
towns and cities, took refuge in caves and dens, where for a time it
lay concealed. At length Sir Satyrane (Luther) rescues Una from
bondage; but no sooner is this the case than she falls in with
Archimago, to show how very difficult it was at the Reformation to
separate Truth from Error.
(Spenser: Faërie Queene, bk. i.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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