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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Mason
 
                            O credulity,
Security’s blind nurse, the dream of fools,
The drunkard’s ape, that feeling for his way
Ev’n when he thinks, in his deluded sense
To snatch at safety, falls without defence.
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                        ’Tis ever thus
With noble minds, if chance they slide to folly;
Remorse stings deeper, and relentless conscience
Pours more gall into the bitter cup
Of their severe repentance.
  2
        Uncurbed ambition, unresisting sloth,
And base dependence, are the fiends accurst.
  3
        With what a heavy and retarding weight
Does expectation load the wing of time.
  4
  A house without family worship has neither foundation nor covering.  5
  As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every minute of time.  6
  Judge thyself with a judgment of sincerity, and thou wilt judge others with a judgment of charity.  7
  Time’s gradual touch has mouldered into beauty many a tower, which when it frowned with all its battlements was only terrible.  8
 
 
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