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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
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        Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound;
All at her work the village maiden sings;
Nor as she turns the giddy wheel around,
Revolves the sad vicissitudes of things.
Gifford.    
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        Of little use, the man you may suppose,
Who says in verse what others say in prose;
Yet let me show a poet’s of some weight,
And (though no soldier) useful to the state,
What will a child learn sooner than a song?
What better teach a foreigner the tongue?
What’s long or short, each accent where to place
And speak in public with some sort of grace?
Pope.    
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        I was a poet too; but modern taste
Is so refined and delicate and chaste,
That verse, whatever fire the fancy warms,
Without a creamy smoothness has no charms.
Thus, all success depending on an ear,
And thinking I might purchase it too dear,
If sentiment were sacrific’d to sound,
And truth cut short to make a period round,
I judg’d a man of sense could scarce do worse
Than caper in the morris-dance of verse.
Cowper.    
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