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 Love in a Cottage.Love me, Love my Dog. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Love-in-Idleness.
 
One of the numerous names of the pansy or heartsease. Originally white, but changed to a purple colour by the fall of Cupid’s bolt upon it.   1
       
“Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell.
It fell upon a little Western flower,
Before, milk-white, now purple with love’s wound;
The maidens call it Love-in-idleness.”
       
Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, ii. 2.
 


 Love in a Cottage.Love me, Love my Dog. 

 
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