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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier. (1834–1896)
 
 
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    A little work, a little play
To keep us going—and so good-day! 1 


A little warmth, a little light
Of love’s bestowing—and so, good-night.


A little fun, to match the sorrow
Of each day’s growing—and so, good-morrow!


A little trust that when we die
We reap our sowing—and so—good-bye!
          Trilby.
 
Note 1.
Ah, brief is Life,
  Love’s short sweet way,
With dreamings rife,
  And then—Good-day!

And Life is vain—
  Hope’s vague delight,
Grief’s transient pain,
  And then—Good-night.

  Montenaeken (Translated by Louise Chandler Moulton). The original is as follows:

PEU DE CEOSE
La vie est vaine,
  Un peu d’amour,
Un peu de haine,
  Et puis—Bonjour!

La vie est brève:
  Un peu d’espoir,
Un peu de rève
  Et puis—Bon soir! [back]
 

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