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

5720 George Gordon Noel Byron

AUTHOR:George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
QUOTATION:Sighing that Nature form’d but one such man,
And broke the die, in moulding Sheridan. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Monody on the Death of Sheridan. Line 117.
Note 1.
Natura il fece, e poi ruppe la stampa (Nature made him, and then broke the mould).—Ariosto: Orlando Furioso, canto x. stanza 84.

The idea that Nature lost the perfect mould has been a favorite one with all song-writers and poets, and is found in the literature of all European nations.—Book of English Songs, p. 28. [back]