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

Franis Quarles 1592-1644 John Bartlett

    Death aims with fouler spite
At fairer marks. 1
          Divine Poems (ed. 1669).
    Sweet Phosphor, bring the day
Whose conquering ray
May chase these fogs;
  Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
Light will repay
The wrongs of night;
  Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
          Emblems. Book i. Emblem 14.
    Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise.
          Book ii. Emblem 2.
    This house is to be let for life or years;
Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears.
Cupid, ’t has long stood void; her bills make known,
She must be dearly let, or let alone.
          Emblem 10, Ep. 10.
    The slender debt to Nature ’s quickly paid, 2
Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.
          Book ii. Emblem 13.
    The next way home ’s the farthest way about. 3
          Book iv. Emblem 2, Ep. 2.
    It is the lot of man but once to die.
          Book v. Emblem 7.
Note 1.
Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow.—Edward Young: Night Thoughts, night v. line 1011. [back]
Note 2.
To die is a debt we must all of us discharge.—Euripides: Alcestis, line 418. [back]
Note 3.
The longest way round is the shortest way home.—Bohn: Foreign Proverbs (Italian). [back]