|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (17881824)|
|QUOTATION:||Sighing that Nature formd but one such man,|
And broke the die, in moulding Sheridan. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||Monody on the Death of Sheridan. Line 117.|
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]