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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4472
AUTHOR:William Cowper (1731–1800)
QUOTATION:Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,
Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Conversation. Line 357.
 
Note 1.
See Butler, Quotation 45.

The story of a lamp which was supposed to have burned about fifteen hundred years in the sepulchre of Tullia, the daughter of Cicero, is told by Pancirollus and others. [back]
 

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