Cupid's Golden Arrow

Virtuous love. “Cupid's leaden arrow,” sensual passion.

Deque sagittifera promsit duo tela pharetra
Diversorum operum; fugat hoc, facit illud amorem. Quod facit auratum
est, et cuspide fulget acuta-, Quod fugat obtusum est, et habet sub
arundine plumbum.'

Ovid: Tale of Apollo and Daphnë.

I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow;
By his best arrow with the golden head
By that which knitteth souls and prospers love.

Shakespeare Midsummer Night's Dream.

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