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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Francis Quarles. (1592–1644) (continued)
 
2284
    This house is to be let for life or years;
Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears.
Cupid, ’t has long stood void; her bills make known,
She must be dearly let, or let alone.
          Emblem 10, Ep. 10.
2285
    The slender debt to Nature ’s quickly paid, 1
Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.
          Book ii. Emblem 13.
2286
    The next way home ’s the farthest way about. 2
          Book iv. Emblem 2, Ep. 2.
2287
    It is the lot of man but once to die.
          Book v. Emblem 7.
 
George Herbert. (1593–1633)
 
2288
    To write a verse or two is all the praise
That I can raise.
          Praise.
2289
    Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky.
          Virtue.
2290
    Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie.
          Virtue.
2291
    Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives.
          Virtue.
2292
    Like summer friends,
Flies of estate and sunneshine.
          The Answer.
2293
    A servant with this clause
  Makes drudgery divine;
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
  Makes that and th’ action fine.
          The Elixir.
2294
    A verse may find him who a sermon flies,
And turn delight into a sacrifice.
          The Church Porch.
 
Note 1.
To die is a debt we must all of us discharge.—Euripides: Alcestis, line 418. [back]
Note 2.
The longest way round is the shortest way home.—Bohn: Foreign Proverbs (Italian). [back]
 

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