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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6491
AUTHOR:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
QUOTATION:For Time will teach thee soon the truth,
  There are no birds in last year’s nest! 1 
ATTRIBUTION:It is not always May.
 
Note 1.
In last year’s nests
This year no sparrow rests.
Cervantes: Don Quixote, part ii. chap. lxxiv.

En los nidos de aniaño
No hay pajaros hogaño.
See François Villon:

Mais où sont les neiges d’ antan?
Where are the snows of yester year?
Rossetti’s translation. [back]
 

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