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Forgiveness

(Ang.-Sax., forgifenes.)

Forgiveness to the injured doth belong.
But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.

Dryden: Conquest of Granada, part ii. act i. 2.

“Proprium humani generis, odisse quem laceris.” —Tacitus.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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