|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Francis Bacon (15611626)|
|QUOTATION:||Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Historia Vitæ et Mortis; Sylva Sylvarum, Cent. i. Exper. 100.|
The bee enclosed and through the amber shown,
Seems buried in the juice which was his own.
Martial: book iv. 32, vi. 15 (Hays translation).
I saw a flie within a beade
Of amber cleanly buried.
Robert Herrick: On a Fly buried in Amber.
Pretty! in amber to observe the forms
Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms.
Alexander Pope: Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, line 169. [back]