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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Elizabeth Akers Allen. (1832–1911)
 
 
1
    Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight!
Make me a child again, just for to-night!
          Rock me to sleep.
2
    Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,—
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain!
Take them, and give me my childhood again!
          Rock me to sleep.
3
    Behold, we live through all things,—famine, thirst,
  Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
On soul and body,—but we can not die,
Though we be sick and tired and faint and worn,—
Lo, all things can be borne!
          Endurance.
 

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