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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

3056 John Norris 1657-1711 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Norris (1657–1711)
QUOTATION:  How fading are the joys we dote upon!
  Like apparitions seen and gone.
  But those which soonest take their flight
Are the most exquisite and strong,—
  Like angels’ visits, short and bright; 1
Mortality ’s too weak to bear them long.
Note 1.
Like those of angels, short and far between.—Robert Blair: The Grave, line 588.

Like angel visits, few and far between.—Thomas Campbell: Pleasures of Hope, part ii. line 378. [back]