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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
James Shirley. (1596–1666)
 
 
1
    The glories of our blood and state
  Are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armour against fate;
  Death lays his icy hands on kings.
          Contention of Ajax and Ulysses. Sc. 3.
2
    Only the actions of the just 1
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust. 2
          Contention of Ajax and Ulysses. Sc. 3.
3
    Death calls ye to the crowd of common men.
          Cupid and Death.
 
Note 1.
The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
Tate and Brady: Psalm cxxii. 6. [back]
Note 2.
”Their dust” in Works edited by Dyce. [back]
 

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