Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
A demon holds a book, in which are written the sins of a particular man; an Angel drops on it from a phial, a tear which the sinner had shed in doing a good action, and his sins are washed out. MS. of Alberic, Monk of Monte-Cassino. Found in an article on Dante. Selections from Edinburgh Review. Vol. I. P. 67.
For it comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him. Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 196.
He shall not die, by God, cried my uncle Toby. The Accusing Spirit which flew up to heavens chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in: and the Recording Angel as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. SterneTristram Shandy. Bk. VI. Ch. VIII.