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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4510
AUTHOR:William Cowper (1731–1800)
QUOTATION:Reading what they never wrote,
Just fifteen minutes, huddle up their work,
And with a well-bred whisper close the scene.
ATTRIBUTION:The Task. Book ii. The Timepiece, Line 411.
 

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