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My whole, composed of 19 letters, is a quotation from Milton's "Paradise Lost".

My 13, 7, 16, 18 is to be peevish, to worry.

My 15, 3, 5, 9 is broad.

My 4, 12, 19, 14 is deprivation.

My 11, 6, 17, 8 is observed.

My 10, 1, 2 is a carpenter's instrument.


Source (this is not intended to be used to look up the answer, but is posted under the policy on plagiarism of the Puzzle Stack Exchange website):

Source: The Queenslander (discontinued in 1939), without any specific author.

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The quote is:

"A wilderness of sweets"

Solution:

 Character:                             = Clue
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
r f e t = fret
i d e w = wide
l o s s = loss
e n s e = seen
a w s = saw
So in total: a w i l d e r n e s s o f s w e e t s

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    – hvd
    Jul 21, 2016 at 18:30
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A wilderness of sweets

13, 7, 16, 18:

fret

15, 3, 5, 9:

wide

4, 12, 19, 14:

loss

11, 6, 17, 8:

seen

10, 1, 2:

saw

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