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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Sam Walter Foss. (1858–1911)
 
 
1
    We felt the universe wuz safe, an’ God wuz on his throne.
          The volunteer Organist.
2
    The sweet mellifluous milking of the cow.
          The Milking of the Cow.
3
    He had a startling genius, but somehow it did n’t emerge;
  Always on the evolution of things that would n’t evolve;
Always verging toward some climax, but he never reached the verge;
  Always nearing the solution of some theme he could not solve.
          The Inventor.
4
    There are purple grapes in the Land of Git-Thare.
          The Land of Git-Thare.
5
    I say the very things that make the greatest Stir
An’ the most interestin’ things, are things that did n’t occur. 1 
          Things that did n’t occur.
6
    Strew gladness on the paths of men—
You will not pass this way again.
          I shall not pass this Way again. 2 
7
    A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead;
They followed still his crooked way
And lost a hundred years a day;
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.
          The Calf-Path.
 
Note 1.
Disraeli: Henrietta Temple.
What we anticipate seldom occurs. Lowell. Page 741. [back]
Note 2.
A saying of William Penn. [back]
 

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