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Savage breast

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.