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

5578 George Gordon Noel Byron

AUTHOR:George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
QUOTATION:Yet truth will sometimes lend her noblest fires,
And decorate the verse herself inspires:
This fact, in virtue’s name, let Crabbe attest,—
Though Nature’s sternest painter, yet the best.
ATTRIBUTION:English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. Line 839.