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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:5820
AUTHOR:William Knox (1789–1825)
QUOTATION:Oh why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a fast-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
He passes from life to his rest in the grave. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Mortality. 2
 
Note 1.
Abraham Lincoln was very fond of repeating these lines. [back]
Note 2.
From Knox’s “Songs of Israel,” 1824. [back]
 

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