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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4130
AUTHOR:Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)
QUOTATION:The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven’s chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel as he wrote it down dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Tristram Shandy (orig. ed.). Vol. vi. Chap. viii.
WORKS:Laurence Sterne Collection.
 
Note 1.
But sad as angels for the good man’s sin,
Weep to record, and blush to give it in.
Thomas Campbell: Pleasures of Hope, part ii. line 357. [back]
 

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