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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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James Russell Lowell. (1819–1891) (continued)
 
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    Nature, they say, doth dote,
  And can not make a man
  Save on some worn-out plan,
Repeating us by rote.
          Ode at the Harvard Commemoration, July 21, 1865.
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    What men call treasure and the Gods call dross.
          Ode at the Harvard Commemoration, July 21, 1865.
7352
    Here was a type of the true elder race,
And one of Plutarch’s men talked with us face to face.
          Ode at the Harvard Commemoration, July 21, 1865.
7353
    Darkness is strong, and so is Sin,
  But surely God endures forever.
          Villa Franca.
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    Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.
          The Cathedral.
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    The one thing finished in this hasty world.
          The Cathedral.
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    These pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were bred,
Each softly lucent as a rounded moon;
The diver Omar plucked them from their bed,
FitzGerald strung them on an English thread.
          In a Copy of Omar Khayyam.
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    The wisest man could ask no more of Fate
Than to be simple, modest, manly, true,
Safe from the Many—honored by the Few;
To count as naught in World or Church or State;
But inwardly in secret to be great.
          Sonnet. Jeffries Wyman.
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    The clear, sweet singer with the crown of snow
Not whiter than the thoughts that housed below.
          To George William Curtis.
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    But life is sweet, though all that makes it sweet
Lessen like sound of friends’ departing feet;
And Death is beautiful as feet of friend
Coming with welcome at our journey’s end.
 

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