|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||James Jeffrey Roche (18471908)|
|QUOTATION:||The love of man and woman is as fire|
To warm, to light, but surely to consume
And self-consuming die
But comrade-love is as a welding blast
Of candid flame and ardent temperature:
Glowing more fervent, it doth bind more fast;
And melting both but makes the union sure.
The dross alone is burnttill at the last
The steel, if cold, is one and strong and pure.