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

8298 Misellaneous John Bartlett

QUOTATION:’T was whisper’d in heaven, ’t was mutter’d in hell,
And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell;
On the confines of earth ’t was permitted to rest,
And the depths of the ocean its presence confess’d.
ATTRIBUTION:Catherine M. Fanshawe (1764–1834): Enigma. The letter H.