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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

1971 Franis Baon 1561-1626 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION:Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Historia Vitæ et Mortis; Sylva Sylvarum, Cent. i. Exper. 100.
Note 1.
The bee enclosed and through the amber shown,
Seems buried in the juice which was his own.
Martial: book iv. 32, vi. 15 (Hay’s translation).

I saw a flie within a beade
Of amber cleanly buried.
Robert Herrick: On a Fly buried in Amber.

Pretty! in amber to observe the forms
Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms.
Alexander Pope: Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, line 169. [back]