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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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James Russell Lowell. (1819–1891) (continued)
 
Daily, with souls that cringe and plot,
We Sinais climb and know it not.
          The Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Part First.
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      ’T is heaven alone that is given away;
’T is only God may be had for the asking.
          The Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Part First.
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    And what is so rare as a day in June?
  Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune,
  And over it softly her warm ear lays.
          The Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Part First.
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    Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it;
We are happy now because God wills it.
          The Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Part First.
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    Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.
          The Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Part First.
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    Who gives himself with his alms feeds three,—
Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.
          The Vision of Sir Launfal. Part Second. viii.
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    A reading-machine, always wound up and going,
He mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.
          A Fable for Critics.
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    There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one,
Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on;
Whose prose is grand verse while his verse the Lord knows
Is some of it pr— No, ’t is not even prose!
          A Fable for Critics.
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    Nature fits all her children with something to do.
          A Fable for Critics.
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    Ez fer war, I call it murder,—
  There you hev it plain an’ flat;
I don’t want to go no furder
  Than my Testyment fer that.
.    .    .    .    .    .    .
An’ you’ve gut to git up airly
  Ef you want to take in God.
          The Biglow Papers. First Series. No. i.
 

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