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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron. (1788–1824) (continued)
 
5818
    The best of prophets of the future is the past.
          Letter, Jan. 28, 1821.
5819
    What say you to such a supper with such a woman? 1
          Note to a Letter on Bowles’s Strictures.
 
William Knox. (1789–1825)
 
5820
    Oh why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a fast-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
He passes from life to his rest in the grave. 2
          Mortality. 3
 
Alfred Bunn. (1790–1860)
 
5821
    I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls,
With vassals and serfs at my side.
          Song.
5822
    The light of other days 4 is faded,
And all their glories past.
          Song.
5823
    The heart bowed down by weight of woe
To weakest hope will cling.
          Song.
 
Fitz-Greene Halleck. (1790–1867)
 
5824
    Strike—for your altars and your fires!
Strike—for the green graves of your sires!
  God, and your native land!
          Marco Bozzaris.
 
Note 1.
See Lady Montagu, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 2.
Abraham Lincoln was very fond of repeating these lines. [back]
Note 3.
From Knox’s “Songs of Israel,” 1824. [back]
Note 4.
See Moore, Quotation 50. [back]
 

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