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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd. (1795–1854)
 
 
1
                    So his life has flowed
From its mysterious urn a sacred stream,
In whose calm depth the beautiful and pure
Alone are mirrored; which, though shapes of ill
May hover round its surface, glides in light,
And takes no shadow from them.
          Ion. Act i. Sc. 1.
2
                    ’T is a little thing
To give a cup of water; yet its draught
Of cool refreshment, drained by fevered lips,
May give a shock of pleasure to the frame
More exquisite than when nectarean juice
Renews the life of joy in happiest hours.
          Ion. Act i. Sc. 2.
3
                    Fill the seats of justice
With good men, not so absolute in goodness
As to forget what human frailty is.
          Ion. Act v.
4
                    In ourselves
In our own honest hearts and chainless hands
Will be our safeguard:
          Ion. Act v.
5
                              Nevermore
Let the great interests of the State depend
Upon the thousand chances that may sway
A piece of human frailty; swear to me
That ye will seek hereafter in yourselves
The means of sovereignty.
          Ion. Act v.
 

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