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

George Crabbe 1754-1832 John Bartlett

    Oh, rather give me commentators plain,
Who with no deep researches vex the brain;
Who from the dark and doubtful love to run,
And hold their glimmering tapers to the sun. 1
          The Parish Register. Part i. Introduction.
    Her air, her manners, all who saw admir’d;
Courteous though coy, and gentle though retir’d;
The joy of youth and health her eyes display’d,
And ease of heart her every look convey’d.
          The Parish Register. Part ii. Marriages.
    In this fool’s paradise he drank delight. 2
          The Borough. Letter xii. Players.
    Books cannot always please, however good;
Minds are not ever craving for their food.
          The Borough. Letter xxiv. Schools.
    In idle wishes fools supinely stay;
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.
          The Birth of Flattery.
    Cut and come again.
          Tales. Tale vii. The Widow’s Tale.
    Better to love amiss than nothing to have loved. 3
          Tales. Tale xiv. The Struggles of Conscience.
    But ’t was a maxim he had often tried,
That right was right, and there he would abide. 4
          Tales. Tale xv. The Squire and the Priest.
    ’T was good advice, and meant, my son, Be good.
          Tales. Tale xxi. The Learned Boy.
    He tried the luxury of doing good. 5
          Tales of the Hall. Book iii. Boys at School.
    To sigh, yet not recede; to grieve, yet not repent. 6
          Tales of the Hall. Book iii. Boys at School.
    And took for truth the test of ridicule.
          Tales of the Hall. Book viii. The Sisters.
    Time has touched me gently in his race,
And left no odious furrows in my face. 7
          Tales of the Hall. Book xvii. The Widow.
Note 1.
See Young, Quotation 70. [back]
Note 2.
See Appendix, Quotation 43. [back]
Note 3.
’T is better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all.
Alfred Tennyson: In Memoriam, xxvii. [back]
Note 4.
For right is right, since God is God.—F. W. Faber: The Right must win. [back]
Note 5.
See Goldsmith, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 6.
To sigh, yet feel no pain.—Moore: The Blue Stocking. [back]
Note 7.
Touch us gently, Time.—Bryan W. Procter: Touch us gently, Time.

Time has laid his hand
Upon my heart, gently.
Henry W. Longfellow: The Golden Legend, iv. [back]