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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:5026
AUTHOR:William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
QUOTATION:Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting,
      And cometh from afar.
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come
    From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
ATTRIBUTION:Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 5.
WORKS:William Wordsworth Collection.
 

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