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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Poets
 
The busy shuttle comes and goes
Across the rhymes, and deftly weaves
A tissue out of autumn leaves,
With here a thistle, there a rose.
        T. B. Aldrich.—Cloth of Gold, Proem.
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Poets are never young, in one sense. Their delicate ear hears the far-off whispers of eternity, which coarser souls must travel towards for scores of years before their dull sense is touched by them. A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.
        Holmes.—The Professor at the Breakfast Table, Chap. X.
  2
Sing! there shall silence grow in earth and heaven,
  A silence of deep awe and wondering;
For, listening gladly, bend the angels, even
  To hear a mortal angel sing.
        Lowell.—The Poet.
  3
        The Poet in his art
Must imitate the whole, and say the smallest part.
        William Wetmore Story.—The Unexpressed.
  4
The Poet’s leaves are gathered one by one,
In the slow process of the doubtful years.
        Bayard Taylor.—The Poet’s Journal, Third Evening.
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