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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3541
AUTHOR:Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
QUOTATION:Me let the tender office long engage
To rock the cradle of reposing age;
With lenient arts extend a mother’s breath,
Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death;
Explore the thought, explain the asking eye,
And keep awhile one parent from the sky.
ATTRIBUTION:Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot. Prologue to the Satires. Line 408.
 

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