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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Footprints
 
Lives of great men all remind us,
  We can make our lives sublime;
And, departing leave behind us
  Footprints on the sands of time.
        Longfellow.—Psalm of Life, Verse 7.
  1
A foot more light, a step more true,
Ne’er from the heath-flower dashed the dew;
E’en the slight harebell raised its head,
Elastic from her airy tread.
        Scott.—The Lady of the Lake, Canto I. Stanza 18.
  2
The flower she touched on dipped and rose.
        Tennyson.—The Talking Oak, Verse 33.
  3
The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light.
        Shakespeare.—Venus and Adonis, Stanza 172.
  4
Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen.
        Shakespeare.—Venus and Adonis, Stanza 25.
  5
And ye that on the sands with printless foot
Do chase the ebbing Neptune.
        Shakespeare.—Tempest, Act V. Scene 1.
  6
As if the wind, not she, did walk,
Nor pressed a flower, nor bowed a stalk.
        Ben Jonson.—Vision of Delight.
  7
For other print her airy step ne’er left,
Her treading would not bend a blade of grass,
Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk!
        Ben Jonson.—The Sad Shepherd.
  8
Whilst from off the waters fleet,
Thus I set my printless feet
O’er the cowslip’s velvet head,
That bends not as I tread.
        Milton.—Comus. (Sabrina to the Spirit.)
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