Posted by R. Berg on April 01, 2002
In Reply to: Savage breast vs beast posted by krista on April 01, 2002
: Hi. I am looking for the original phrase...is it savage breast or savage beast?
Found at bartleby.com:
John Bartlett (1820-1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
AUTHOR: William Congreve (1670-1729)
QUOTATION: Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
ATTRIBUTION: The Mourning Bride. Act i. Sc. 1.