|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Jonathan M. Sewall. (17481808)|
| No pent-up Utica contracts your powers,|
But the whole boundless continent is yours.
| Epilogue to Cato. 1|
|John Edwin. (17491790)|
| A mans ingress into the world is naked and bare,|
His progress through the world is trouble and care;
And lastly, his egress out of the world, is nobody knows where.
If we do well here, we shall do well there:
I can tell you no more if I preach a whole year. 2
| The Eccentricities of John Edwin (second edition), vol. i. p. 74. London, 1791.|
|John Trumbull. (17501831)|
| But optics sharp it needs, I ween,|
To see what is not to be seen.
| McFingal. Canto i. Line 67.|
| But as some muskets so contrive it|
As oft to miss the mark they drive at,
And though well aimed at duck or plover,
Bear wide, and kick their owners over.
| McFingal. Canto i. Line 93.|
| As though there were a tie|
And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
Written for the Bow Street Theatre, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. [back]
These lines Edwin offers as heads of a sermon. Longfellow places them in the mouth of The Cobbler of Hagenau, as a familiar tune. See The Wayside Inn, part ii. The Students Tale. [back]