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

8368 Misellaneous John Bartlett

QUOTATION:Hope tells a flattering tale, 1
  Delusive, vain, and hollow.
Ah! let not hope prevail,
  Lest disappointment follow.
ATTRIBUTION:Miss —— Wrother: The Universal Songster. Vol. ii. p. 86.
Note 1.
Hope told a flattering tale,
That Joy would soon return;
Ah! naught my sighs avail,
For Love is doomed to mourn.
Anonymous (air by Giovanni Paisiello, 1741–1816): Universal Songster, vol. i. p. 320. [back]