|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Joseph Hall. (15741656)|
| Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.|
| Christian Moderation. Introduction.|
| Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave. 1|
| Epistles. Dec. iii. Ep. 2.|
| There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowels of the earth, many a fair pearl laid up in the bosom of the sea, that never was seen, nor never shall be. 2|
| Contemplations. Book iv. The veil of Moses.|
And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb.
Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
Edward Young: Night Thoughts, night v. line 718. [back]
Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark, unfathomed caves of ocean bear.
Thomas Gray: Elegy, stanza 14. [back]