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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:5905
AUTHOR:William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
QUOTATION:So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves 1
To that mysterious realm where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
ATTRIBUTION:Thanatopsis.
 
Note 1.
The edition of 1821 read,—
The innumerable caravan that moves
To the pale realms of shade, where each shall take. [back]
 

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