(the) torch of Hymen


(the) torch of Hymen
   copulation only within marriage
   Hymen, the god of marriage, was depicted carrying a torch:
    The torch of Hymen burns less brightly than of yore. (Mayhew, 1862 — -and has by now probably gone out)

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