Now, as in Tullias tombe, one lampe burnt cleare,
Unchang’d for fifteene hundred yeare,
May these love-lamps we here enshrine,
In warmth, light, lasting, equall the divine.
[J. Donne, Poetical Works, p. 125]
After the death of his daughter Tullia in 45 BC, the celebrated Roman lawyer, orator and statesman retreated from public life.[*] When her tomb was excavated in the Renaissance, it is alleged that a single lamp was found still burning in the airless gloom.
[Compendium of World History, p. 274]
Fun to be thirsty