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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4376
AUTHOR:Thomas Percy (1729–1811)
QUOTATION:Have you not heard these many years ago
  Jeptha was judge of Israel?
He had one only daughter and no mo,
  The which he loved passing well;
        And as by lott,
        God wot,
        It so came to pass,
        As God’s will was. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Jepthah, Judge of Israel.
 
Note 1.
”As by lot, God wot;” and then you know, “It came to pass, as most like it was.”—William Shakespeare: Hamlet, act ii. sc. 2. [back]
 

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