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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6457
AUTHOR:Robert Montgomery (1807–1855)
QUOTATION:The soul aspiring pants its source to mount,
As streams meander level with their fount. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:The Omnipresence of the Deity. Part i.
 
Note 1.
We take this to be, on the whole, the worst similitude in the world. In the first place, no stream meanders or can possibly meander level with the fount. In the next place, if streams did meander level with their founts, no two motions can be less like each other than that of meandering level and that of mounting upwards.—Macaulay: Review of Montgomery’s Poems (Eleventh Edition). Edinburgh Review, April, 1830.
  These lines were omitted in the subsequent edition of the poem. [back]
 

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