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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Gem
 
In wall and roof and pavement scattered are
Full many a pearl, full many a costly stone.
        Ariosto.—Orlando Furioso, Canto XXXIII. Stanza 105.
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Full many a gem of purest ray serene
  The dark unfathom’d caves of Ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
  And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
        Gray.—Elegy, Verse 14.
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As in the hollow breast of Apennine,
Beneath the shelter of encircling hills,
A myrtle rises far from human eye,
And breathes its balmy fragrance o’er the wild.
        Thomson.—Autumn, Line 210.
  3
Like yon neglected shrub, at random cast,
That shades the steep, and sighs at every blast.
        Goldsmith.—The Traveller, Line 163.
  4
There kept my charms conceal’d from mortal eye,
Like roses that in deserts bloom and die.
        Pope.—Rape of the Lock, Canto IV. Line 158.
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Like the desert’s lily, bloom’d to fade.
        Shenstone.—Elegy IV.
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In distant wilds, by human eyes unseen,
She rears her flowers and spreads her velvet green;
Pure gurgling rills the lonely desert trace,
And waste their music on the savage race.
        Dr. Young.—Satire V. Line 229.
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