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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

4130 Laurene Sterne 1713-1768 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)
QUOTATION:The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven’s chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel as he wrote it down dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Tristram Shandy (orig. ed.). Vol. vi. Chap. viii.
WORKS:Laurence Sterne Collection.
Note 1.
But sad as angels for the good man’s sin,
Weep to record, and blush to give it in.
Thomas Campbell: Pleasures of Hope, part ii. line 357. [back]