“Faith is the golden chain to link the penitent sinner unto
God” (Jeremy Taylor). The allusion is to a passage in Homer's
Iliad (i. 19-30), where Zeus says, If a golden chain were let down
from heaven, and all the gods and goddesses pulled at one end, they
would not be able to pull him down to earth; whereas he could lift with
ease all the deities and all created things besides with his single
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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