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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4664
AUTHOR:John Trumbull (1750–1831)
QUOTATION:As though there were a tie
And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
ATTRIBUTION:McFingal. Canto ii. Line 121.
 

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