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Brewer's: 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: Farie Queene, book iv. 11, 12.)

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