Scott, writing to Southey in 1810, said: A witty rogue the other day, who sent me a letter signed Detector, proved me guilty of stealing a passage from one of Vidas Latin poems, which I had never seen or heard of. The passage alleged to be stolen ends with, When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou!
which in Vida ad Eranen, El. ii. v. 21, ran, Cum dolor atque supercilio gravis imminet angor, Fungeris angelico sola ministerio.
It is almost needless to add, says Mr. Lockhart, there are no such lines.Life of Scott, vol. iii. p. 294. (American edition.) [back]