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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:682
AUTHOR:Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953)
QUOTATION:For no one, in our long decline,
So dusty, spiteful and divided,
Had quite such pleasant friends as mine,
Or loved them half as much as I did.      [stanza 3]

The library was most inviting:
The books upon the crowded shelves
Were mainly of our private writing:
We kept a school and taught ourselves.      [stanza 15]

From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.      [stanza 22]

You do retain the song we set,
And how it rises, trips and scans?
You keep the sacred memory yet,
Republicans? Republicans?      [stanza 36]
ATTRIBUTION:HILAIRE BELLOC, “Dedicatory Ode,” Sonnets and Verse, pp. 70, 73, 74, 76 (1923).

  Republicans was the name of the friends’ club
SUBJECTS:Friendship
 
 
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