Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.

Bread and Salt

Nor there will weary stranger halt,
To bless the sacred “bread and salt.”
Byron.—The Giaour.

Why dost thou shun the salt? that sacred pledge,
Which once partaken blunts the sabre’s edge,
Makes e’en contending tribes in peace unite,
And hated hosts seem brethren to the sight.
Byron.—The Corsair, Canto II. Part IV.; and see the book of Numbers, Chap. xviii. Verse 19, and the notes there to Doyley and Mant’s Bible.