FLORIMEL?

The hand of Florimel the Fair was sought by these gallant knights, Sir Satyrane, Sir Peridure, and Sir Calidore, but to none of their vows did she listen with favour, being very deeply in love with Sir Marinel, who did not return her passion. A report having reached the Court of the Fairy Queen, where Florimel attended, that Marinel had been slain, the maiden set forth to ascertain the truth of the rumour, but she was caught by Proteus, the sea god, and im-prisoned in a dungeon, " deep in the bottom of a huge great rock." One day Marinel was invited to attend a banquet given by Proteus, and wandering about the halls of the ocean he heard the lamentations of Florimel bewailing the lot that had befallen her for his sake, and being moved to pity, he secured the maiden's release and married her. Florimel wore a famous golden girdle, once the property of Venus, which had the magic peculiarity of allowing itself to be worn only by pure women. Placed around the waist of an unchaste person it would immediately tear itself asunder. You will read all about Florimel and her girdle in Spenser's " Faerie Queene."