E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Whom the gods love die young. This is from Menanders fragments (Hon hoi theoi philousin apothnskei neos). Demosthenes has a similar apophthegm. Plautus has the line, Queen Di diligunt adolescens moritur. (See Byron: Don Juan, canto iv. 12.) Those who die young are taken out of the miseries of this sinful life into a happy immortality.