There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the place of their self-content; There are souls like stars that dwell apart, In a fellowless firmament; There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths Where highways never ran, But let me live by the side of the road, And be a friend to man. Sam Walter FossHouse by the Side of the Road.
Let me live in my house by the side of the road, Where the race of men go by; They are good, they are bad; they are weak, they are strong. Wise, foolish.so am I; Then why should I sit in the scorners seat, Or hurl the cynics ban? Let me live in my house by the side of the road, And be a friend to man. Sam Walter FossHouse by the Side of the Road.
He kept no Christmas-house for once a yeere, Each day his boards were fild with Lordly fare: He fed a rout of yeoman with his cheer, Nor was his bread and beefe kept in with care; His wine and beere to strangers were not spare, And yet beside to all that hunger greved, His gates were ope, and they were there relived. Robert GreeneA Maidens Dream. L. 232.
Axylos, Teuthranoss son that dwelt in stablished Arisbe; a man of substance dear to his fellows; for his dwelling was by the road-side and he entertained all men. HomerIliad. Bk. VI. L. 12. Langs Trans.
Hospes nullus tam in amici hospitium diverti potest, Quin ubi triduum continuum fuerit jam odiosus siet. No one can be so welcome a guest that he will not become an annoyance when he has stayed three continuous days in a friends house. PlautusMiles Gloriosus. III. 3. 12.
The lintel low enough to keep out pomp and pride; The threshold high enough to turn deceit aside; The doorband strong enough from robbers to defend; This door will open at a touch to welcome every friend. Henry Van DykeInscription for a Friends House.