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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Alfred Tennyson Tennyson. (1809–1892) (continued)
 
6784
    But for the unquiet heart and brain
  A use in measured language lies;
  The sad mechanic exercise
Like dull narcotics numbing pain.
          In Memoriam. v. Stanza 2.
6785
              Never morning wore
To evening, but some heart did break.
          In Memoriam. vi. Stanza 2.
6786
      And topples round the dreary west
A looming bastion fringed with fire.
          In Memoriam. xv. Stanza 5.
6787
      And from his ashes may be made
The violet of his native land. 1 
          In Memoriam. xviii. Stanza 1.
6788
      I do but sing because I must,
And pipe but as the linnets sing. 2 
          In Memoriam. xxi. Stanza 6.
6789
    The shadow cloaked from head to foot.
          In Memoriam. xxiii. Stanza 1.
6790
    Who keeps the keys of all the creeds.
          In Memoriam. xxiii. Stanza 2.
6791
      And Thought leapt out to wed with Thought
Ere Thought could wed itself with Speech.
          In Memoriam. xxiii. Stanza 4.
6792
      ’T is better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all. 3 
          In Memoriam. xxvii. Stanza 4.
6793
    Her eyes are homes of silent prayer.
          In Memoriam. xxxii. Stanza 1.
6794
      Whose faith has centre everywhere,
Nor cares to fix itself to form.
          In Memoriam. xxxiii. Stanza 1.
 
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, page 144; also FitzGerald, Rubáiyát, xix. [back]
Note 2.
I sing but as the linnet sings:
Ich singe, wie der Vogel singt
  Der in den Zweigen wohnet.
Goethe: Wilhelm Meister, book ii, chap. xi. [back]
Note 3.
See Crabbe, page 444. Arthur Hugh Clough: Peschiera.
What voice did on my spirit fall,
  Peschiera, when thy bridge I crost?
  ’T is better to have fought and lost
Than never to have fought at all.

Congreve: The Way of the World, Act ii. Scene i.
Say what you will, ’t is better to be left
Than never to have loved. [back]
 

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