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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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William Wordsworth. (1770–1850) (continued)
 
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    The monumental pomp of age
Was with this goodly personage;
A stature undepressed in size,
Unbent, which rather seemed to rise
In open victory o’er the weight
Of seventy years, to loftier height.
          The White Doe of Rylstone. Canto iii.
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    “What is good for a bootless bene?”
With these dark words begins my tale;
And their meaning is, Whence can comfort spring
When prayer is of no avail?
          Force of Prayer.
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    A few strong instincts, and a few plain rules.
          Alas! what boots the long laborious Quest?
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    Of blessed consolations in distress.
          Preface to the Excursion. (Edition, 1814.)
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    The vision and the faculty divine;
Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.
          The Excursion.Book i.
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    The imperfect offices of prayer and praise.
          The Excursion.Book i.
5045
    That mighty orb of song,
The divine Milton.
          The Excursion.Book i.
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    The good die first, 1
And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust
Burn to the socket.
          The Excursion.Book i.
5047
    This dull product of a scoffer’s pen.
          The Excursion.Book ii.
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    With battlements that on their restless fronts
Bore stars.
          The Excursion.Book ii.
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    Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.
          The Excursion.Book iii.
 
Note 1.
Heaven gives its favourites—early death.—Lord Byron: Childe Harold, canto iv. stanza 102. Also Don Juan, canto iv. stanza 12.

Quem Di diligunt
Adolescens moritur
(He whom the gods favor dies in youth).
Plautus: Bacchides, act iv. sc. 7. [back]
 

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