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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4303
AUTHOR:Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774)
QUOTATION:Careless their merits or their faults to scan,
His pity gave ere charity began.
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
And even his failings lean’d to Virtue’s side.
ATTRIBUTION:The Deserted Village. Line 161.
 

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