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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Richard Gifford. (1725–1807)
 
 
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    Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound;
  She feels no biting pang the while she sings;
Nor, as she turns the giddy wheel around, 1
  Revolves the sad vicissitudes of things. 2
          Contemplation.
 
Note 1.
Thus altered by Johnson,—
All at her work the village maiden sings,
Nor, while she turns the giddy wheel around. [back]
Note 2.
See Sterne, Quotation 11. [back]
 

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