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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2947
AUTHOR:John Dryden (1631–1700)
QUOTATION:Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care
To grant, before we can conclude the prayer:
Preventing angels met it half the way,
And sent us back to praise, who came to pray. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Britannia Rediviva. Line 1.
 
Note 1.
And fools who came to scoff remain’d to pray.—Oliver Goldsmith: The Deserted Village, line 180. [back]
 

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