Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Rift in the Lute (A).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rift in the Lute (A).
A small defect which mars the general result.   1
“Unfaith in aught is want of faith in all.
It is the little rift within the lute
That by-and-by will make the music mute,
And ever widening, slowly silence all.”
Tennyson: Merlin and Vivien; Vivien’s Song, verses 1, 2.


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