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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:5046
AUTHOR:William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
QUOTATION:The good die first, 1
And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust
Burn to the socket.
ATTRIBUTION:The Excursion.Book i.
WORKS:William Wordsworth Collection.
 
Note 1.
Heaven gives its favourites—early death.—Lord Byron: Childe Harold, canto iv. stanza 102. Also Don Juan, canto iv. stanza 12.

Quem Di diligunt
Adolescens moritur
(He whom the gods favor dies in youth).
Plautus: Bacchides, act iv. sc. 7. [back]
 

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