Astræa

Equity, innocence. During the Golden Age this goddess dwelt on earth, but when sin began to prevail, she reluctantly left it, and was metamorphosed into the constellation Virgo.

When hard-hearted interest first began
To poison earth, Astræa left the plain.

Thomson: Castle of Indolence, canto 1.

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