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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2788
AUTHOR:John Milton (1608–1674)
QUOTATION:      The oracles are dumb,
      No voice or hideous hum
Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
      Apollo from his shrine
      Can no more divine,
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving.
No nightly trance or breathed spell
Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.
ATTRIBUTION:Hymn on Christ’s Nativity. Line 173.
 

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