Sweet is a legacy, and passing sweet The unexpected death of some old lady

I saw this quote in C. S. Lewis's The Inner Ring and I'm having trouble figuring out what it means. What does this quote in Don Juan by Lord Byron mean?

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It means, "To be left money or property is sweet (pleasant/agreeable/nice) and the unexpected death of an old lady is extremely sweet (pleasant/agreeable/nice)."

I'm glad to see the poem continues more even-handedly!

Or gentleman of seventy years complete,
     Who've made 'us youth' wait too--too long already
For an estate, or cash, or country seat

[ Stanza CXXV ]


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