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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (1807–1882) (continued)
 
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    No one is so accursed by fate,
No one so utterly desolate,
  But some heart, though unknown,
  Responds unto his own.
          Endymion.
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    For Time will teach thee soon the truth,
  There are no birds in last year’s nest! 1 
          It is not always May.
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    Into each life some rain must fall,
  Some days must be dark and dreary.
          The rainy Day.
6493
    The prayer of Ajax was for light. 2 
          The Goblet of Life.
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    O suffering, sad humanity!
O ye afflicted ones, who lie
Steeped to the lips in misery,
Longing, yet afraid to die,
  Patient, though sorely tried!
          The Goblet of Life.
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    My soul is full of longing
  For the secret of the Sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
  Sends a thrilling pulse through me.
          The Secret of the Sea.
6496
    Books are sepulchres of thought.
          Wind over the Chimney.
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    Standing with reluctant feet
Where the brook and river meet,
Womanhood and childhood fleet!
          Maidenhood.
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    O thou child of many prayers!
Life hath quicksands; life hath snares!
          Maidenhood.
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    She floats upon the river of his thoughts. 3 
          The Spanish Student. Act ii. Sc. 3.
 
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]
Note 2.
The light of Heaven restore;
Give me to see, and Ajax asks no more.
Pope: The Iliad, book xvii. line 730. [back]
Note 3.
See Byron, page 553. [back]
 

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