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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4292
AUTHOR:Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774)
QUOTATION:Luke’s iron crown, and Damien’s bed of steel. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Traveller. Line 436.
 
Note 1.
When Davies asked for an explanation of “Luke’s iron crown,” Goldsmith referred him to a book called “Géographie Curieuse,” and added that by “Damien’s bed of-steel” he meant the rack.—Granger: Letters, (1805), p. 52. [back]
 

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