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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4534
AUTHOR:William Cowper (1731–1800)
QUOTATION:Silently as a dream the fabric rose,
No sound of hammer or of saw was there. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Task. Book v. The Winter Morning Walk. Line 144.
 
Note 1.
No hammers fell, no ponderous axes rung;
Like some tall palm the mystic fabric sprung.
Reginald Heber: Palestine.

So that there was neither hammer nor axe, nor any tool of iron heard in the house while it was in building.—1 Kings vi. 7. [back]
 

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