|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|It is by the benefit of Letters, that absent friends are in a manner brought together.|
|They are those wingd 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.
|Heaven first taught letters for some wretchs aid,|
Some banishd lover or some captive maid.
Pope.Eloise to Abelard, Line 51.
|Speed the soft intercourse from soul to soul,|
And waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole.
Pope.Eloise to Abelard, Line 57.
| And thus his quill|
Declares to her the absent lovers will.
Cowley.The Song, Verse last.
|Kind messages that pass from land to land,|
Kind letters that betray the hearts 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.