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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4322
AUTHOR:Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774)
QUOTATION:To the last moment of his breath,
  On hope the wretch relies;
And even the pang preceding death
  Bids expectation rise. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Captivity. Act ii.
 
Note 1.
The wretch condemn’d with life to part
Still, still on hope relies;
And every pang that rends the heart
Bids expectation rise.
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