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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Page 445
 
 
George Crabbe. (1754–1832) (continued)
 
4722
    Time has touched me gently in his race,
And left no odious furrows in my face. 1
          Tales of the Hall. Book xvii. The Widow.
 
George Barrington. (1755–c. 1804)
 
4723
    True patriots all; for be it understood
We left our country for our country’s good. 2
          Prologue written for the Opening of the Play-house at New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796.
 
Henry Lee. (1756–1818)
 
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    To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
          Memoirs of Lee. Eulogy on Washington, Dec. 26, 1799. 3
 
J. P. Kemble. (1757–1823)
 
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    Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
But—why did you kick me down stairs? 4
          The Panel. Act i. Sc. 1.
 
Note 1.
Touch us gently, Time.—Bryan W. Procter: Touch us gently, Time.

Time has laid his hand
Upon my heart, gently.
Henry W. Longfellow: The Golden Legend, iv. [back]
Note 2.
See Farquhar, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 3.
To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens.—Resolutions presented to the United States’ House of Representatives, on the Death of Washington, December, 1799.

The eulogy was delivered a week later. Marshall, in his “Life of Washington,” vol. v. p. 767, says in a note that these resolutions were prepared by Colonel Henry Lee, who was then not in his place to read them. General Robert E. Lee, in the Life of his father (1869), prefixed to the Report of his father’s “Memoirs of the War of the Revolution,” gives (p. 5) the expression “fellow-citizens;” but on p. 52 he says: “But there is a line, a single line, in the Works of Lee which would hand him over to immortality, though he had never written another: ‘First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen’ will last while language lasts.” [back]
Note 4.
Altered from Bickerstaff’s “’T is Well ’t is no Worse.” The lines are also found in Debrett’s “Asylum for Fugitive Pieces,” vol. i. p. 15. [back]
 

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