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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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William Wordsworth. (1770–1850) (continued)
 
4950
    Men are we, and must grieve when even the shade
Of that which once was great is passed away.
          On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic.
4951
    Thou has left behind
Powers that will work for thee,—air, earth, and skies!
There ’s not a breathing of the common wind
That will forget thee; thou hast great allies;
Thy friends are exultations, agonies,
And love, and man’s unconquerable mind. 1
          To Toussaint L’Ouverture.
4952
    One that would peep and botanize
Upon his mother’s grave.
          A Poet’s Epitaph. Stanza 5.
4953
    He murmurs near the running brooks
A music sweeter than their own.
          A Poet’s Epitaph. Stanza 10.
4954
    And you must love him, ere to you
He will seem worthy of your love.
          A Poet’s Epitaph. Stanza 11.
4955
    The harvest of a quiet eye,
That broods and sleeps on his own heart.
          A Poet’s Epitaph. Stanza 13.
4956
    Yet sometimes, when the secret cup
Of still and serious thought went round,
It seemed as if he drank it up,
He felt with spirit so profound.
          Matthew.
4957
    My eyes are dim with childish tears,
My heart is idly stirred,
For the same sound is in my ears
Which in those days I heard.
          The Fountain.
4958
    A happy youth, and their old age
Is beautiful and free.
          The Fountain.
4959
    And often, glad no more,
We wear a face of joy because
We have been glad of yore.
          The Fountain.
 
Note 1.
See Gray, Quotation 15. [back]
 

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