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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Letters
 
It is by the benefit of Letters, that absent friends are in a manner brought together.
        Seneca.—Epi. 4.
  1
They are those wing’d postilions that can fly
From the Antarctic to the Arctic sky;
The heralds and swift harbingers that move
From east to west on embassies of love.
        Howell.—On Letters, Poem II. Line 5.
  2
Heaven first taught letters for some wretch’s aid,
Some banish’d lover or some captive maid.
        Pope.—Eloise to Abelard, Line 51.
  3
Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul,
And waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole.
        Pope.—Eloise to Abelard, Line 57.
  4
        And thus his quill
Declares to her the absent lover’s will.
        Cowley.—The Song, Verse last.
  5
Kind messages that pass from land to land,
  Kind letters that betray the heart’s deep history,
In which we feel the pressure of a hand,
  One touch of fire and all the rest is mystery!
        Longfellow.—The Sea-side, and Fire-side: Dedication.
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