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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Robert Browning. (1812–1889) (continued)
 
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    That low man seeks a little thing to do,
    Sees it and does it;
This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
    Dies ere he knows it.
That low man goes on adding one to one,—
    His hundred’s soon hit;
This high man, aiming at a million,
    Misses an unit.
That has the world here—should he need the next,
    Let the world mind him!
This throws himself on God, and unperplexed
    Seeking shall find him.
          A Grammarian’s Funeral.
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    Lofty designs must close in like effects.
          A Grammarian’s Funeral.
7093
    The sin I impute to each frustrute ghost
Is—the unlit lamp and the ungirt loin,
Though the end in sight was a vice, I say.
          The Statue and the Bust.
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    Lost, lost! one moment knelled the woe of years.
          Childe Roland to the dark Tower came. xxxiii.
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    Just for a handful of silver he left us,
  Just for a riband to stick in his coat.
          The lost Leader. i.
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    We shall march prospering,—not thro’ his presence;
  Songs may inspirit us,—not from his lyre;
Deeds will be done,—while he boasts his quiescence,
  Still bidding crouch whom the rest bade aspire.
          The lost Leader. ii.
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    They are perfect; how else?—they shall never change:
  We are faulty; why not?—we have time in store.
          Old Pictures in Florence. xvi.
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          What’s come to perfection perishes.
Things learned on earth we shall practise in heaven;
  Works done least rapidly Art most cherishes.
          Old Pictures in Florence. xvii.
 

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