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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
James Jeffrey Roche. (1847–1908)
 
 
1
            A brave endeavor
To do thy duty, whate’er its worth,
  Is better than life with love forever
And love is the sweetest thing on earth.
          Sir Hugo’s Choice.
2
    The love of man and woman is as fire
  To warm, to light, but surely to consume
  And self-consuming die…
But comrade-love is as a welding blast
  Of candid flame and ardent temperature:
  Glowing more fervent, it doth bind more fast;
And melting both but makes the union sure.
The dross alone is burnt—till at the last
The steel, if cold, is one and strong and pure.
          My Comrade.
3
    I ’d rather be handsome than homely;
  I ’d rather be youthful than old;
If I can’t have a bushel of silver
  I’ll do with a barrel of gold.
          Contentment.
4
      All loved Art in a seemly way
With an earnest soul and a capital A.
          The V-a-s-e.
 

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