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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
J. G. Saxe
 
        At Learning’s fountain it is sweet to drink,
But ’tis a nobler privilege to think.
  1
        Give me kisses! Nay, ’tis true
I am just as rich as you;
And for every kiss I owe,
I can pay you back, you know.
Kiss me, then,
Every moment—and again.
  2
        “God bless the man who first invented sleep!”
So Sancho Panza said and so say I;
And bless him, also, that he didn’t keep
His great discovery to himself, nor try
To make it,—as the lucky fellow might—
A close monopoly by patent right.
  3
        Golden hair, like sunlight streaming
On the marble of her shoulder.
  4
        He says a thousand pleasant things—
But never says “Adieu.”
  5
        I love vast libraries; yet there is a doubt,
If one be better with them or without—
Unless he use them wisely, and, indeed,
Knows the high art of what and how to read.
  6
                            I will touch
My mouth unto the leaves, caressingly;
And so wilt thou. Thus, from these lips of mine
My message will go kissingly to thine,
With more than Fancy’s load of luxury,
And prove a true love-letter.
  7
        Say, what is life? ’Tis to be born
  A helpless babe, to greet the light
With a sharp wail, as if the morn
  Foretold a cloudy noon and night;
To weep, to sleep, and weep again,
With sunny smiles between; and then?
  8
  Alas! poor human nature, pity, if hard pressed, degenerates into contempt.  9
  Beauty intoxicates the eye, as wine does the body; both are morally fatal if indulged.  10
  Order is the primary regulation of the celestial regions.  11
 
 
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