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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Joseph Hall. (1574–1656)
 
 
1
    Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.
          Christian Moderation. Introduction.
2
    Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave. 1
          Epistles. Dec. iii. Ep. 2.
3
    There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowels of the earth, many a fair pearl laid up in the bosom of the sea, that never was seen, nor never shall be. 2
          Contemplations. Book iv. The veil of Moses.
 
Note 1.
And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb.
Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
Edward Young: Night Thoughts, night v. line 718. [back]
Note 2.
Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark, unfathomed caves of ocean bear.
Thomas Gray: Elegy, stanza 14. [back]
 

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