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The viola tricŏlor. It has a host of fancy names; as, the “Butterfly flower,” “Kiss me quick,” a “Kiss behind the garden gate,” “Love in idleness,” “Pansy,” “Three faces under one hood,” the “Variegated violet,” “Herba Trinitatis.” The quotation annexed will explain the popular tradition of the flower:—

“Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell:

It fell upon a little western flower,

Before milk-white, now purple with loves wound,

And maidens call it love-in-idleness… .

The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid

Will make a man or woman madly doat

Upon the next live creature that it sees.”


Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, ii. 1.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Heart-breaker (A)
Heart-rending
Heart-whole
Heart and Soul
Heart in his Boots
Heart in his Mouth
Heart of Grace (To take)
Heart of Hearts (In one’s)
Heart of Midlothian
Heart’s Ease
Hearth Money
Heat
Heathen
Heaven
Heavies (The)
Heavy Man (The)
Heavy-armed Artillery (The)
Hebe
Hebertists
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