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Brewer's: Florimel

[honey-flower ]. A damsel of great beauty, but so timid that she feared the ?smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor,? and was abused by everyone. Her form was simulated by a witch out of wax, but the wax image melted, leaving nothing behind except the girdle that was round the waist. (Spenser: Farie Queene, book iii. 4, 8; iv. 11, 12.)

?Florimel loved Marinel, but Proteus cast her into a dungeon, from which, being released by the order of Neptune, she married the man of her choice.? ?Spenser: Faerie Queene, book iv.

?St. Amand had long since in bitterness repented of a transient infatuation, had long since distinguished the true Florimel from the false.? ?Sir E. B. Lytton: Pilgrims of the Rhine, iii.

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