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Brewer's: True-lovers' Knot

is the Danish trolovelses knort, ?a betrothment bond,? not a compound of true and lover. Thus in the Icelandic Gospel the phrase, ?a virgin espoused to a man,? is, er trulofad var cinum mann.

Three times a true-love's knot I tie secure; Firm be the knot, firm may his love endure.

Gay's Pastorals: The Spell.

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