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Limbus Fatuorum

The Limbus of Fools, or Fool's Paradise. As fools are not responsible for their works, they are not punished in Purgatory, but cannot be received into Heaven; se they go to a place called the Paradise of Fools.

Then might you see Cowls, hoods, and habits, with their wearers tossed And fluttered into rags; then relics, beads, Indulgences, dispenses, pardons, bulls, The sport of winds. All these, upwhirled aloft, Into a Limbo large and broad, since called The Paradise of Fools.

Milton: Paradise Lost, book iii. 489-95.

One cannot wonder that Milton's great poem was placed by the Catholics in the Index of books forbidden.

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