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

5590 George Gordon Noel Byron

AUTHOR:George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
QUOTATION:Still from the fount of joy’s delicious springs
Some bitter o’er the flowers its bubbling venom flings. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto i. Stanza 82.
Note 1.
Medio de fonte leporum
Surgit amari aliquid quod in ipsis floribus angat
(In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers).—Lucretius: iv. 1133. [back]