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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Laman Blanchard. (1803–1845)
 
 
1
    Sooth ’t were a pleasant life to lead,
  With nothing in the world to do
But just to blow a shepherd’s reed,
  The silent season thro’
And just to drive a flock to feed,—
  Sheep—quiet, fond and few!
          Dolce far Niente. Stanza 1.
2
    Give me to live with Love alone
  And let the world go dine and dress;
For Love hath lowly haunts….
  If life’s a flower, I choose my own—
  ’T is “love in Idleness.”
          Dolce far Niente. Stanza 4.
 

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