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 Limbus Puero’rum.Lime Street, 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Limbus of the Moon.
In the limbo of the moon. Ariosto (in his Orlando Furioso, xxxiv. 70) says, in the moon are treasured up such stores as these: Time misspent in play, all vain efforts, all vows never paid, all intentions which lead to nothing, the vanity of titles, flattery, the promises of princes, deathbed alms, and other like vanities.   1
“There heroes’ wits are kept in ponderous vases,
And beaux’ in snuff-boxes and tweezer-cases;
There broken vows and death-bed alms are found,
And lovers’ hearts with ends of ribbon bound;
The courtier’s promises and sick man’s prayers,
The smiles of harlots, and the tears of heirs.”
Pope: Rape of the Lock, 115–120.

 Limbus Puero’rum.Lime Street, 


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