|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||William Cowper (17311800)|
|QUOTATION:||Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,|
Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||Conversation. Line 357.|
See Butler, Quotation 45.
The story of a lamp which was supposed to have burned about fifteen hundred years in the sepulchre of Tullia, the daughter of Cicero, is told by Pancirollus and others. [back]