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

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Thomas Gray. (1716–1771) (continued)
  And happiness too swiftly flies?
  Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
  ’T is folly to be wise. 1
          On a Distant Prospect of Eton College. Stanza 10.
    Daughter of Jove, relentless power,
  Thou tamer of the human breast,
Whose iron scourge and tort’ring hour
  The bad affright, afflict the best!
          Hymn to Adversity.
    From Helicon’s harmonious springs
A thousand rills their mazy progress take.
          The Progress of Poesy. I. 1, Line 3.
    Glance their many-twinkling feet.
          The Progress of Poesy. I. 3, Line 11.
    O’er her warm cheek and rising bosom move
The bloom of young Desire and purple light of Love. 2
          The Progress of Poesy. I. 3, Line 16.
    Her track, where’er the goddess roves,
Glory pursue, and gen’rous shame,
Th’ unconquerable mind, 3 and freedom’s holy flame.
          The Progress of Poesy. II. 2, Line 10.
    Or ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears.
          The Progress of Poesy. III. 1, Line 12.
    He pass’d the flaming bounds of place and time:
The living throne, the sapphire blaze,
Where angels tremble while they gaze,
He saw; but blasted with excess of light,
Closed his eyes in endless night.
          The Progress of Poesy. III. 2, Line 4.
    Bright-eyed Fancy, hov’ring o’er,
Scatters from her pictured urn
Thoughts that breathe and words that burn. 4
          The Progress of Poesy. III. 3, Line 2.
    Beyond the limits of a vulgar fate,
Beneath the good how far,—but far above the great.
          The Progress of Poesy. III. 3, Line 16.
Note 1.
See Davenant, Quotation 2.

He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.—Ecclesiastes i. 18. [back]
Note 2.
The light of love.—Lord Byron: Bride of Abydos, canto i. stanza 6. [back]
Note 3.
Unconquerable mind.—William Wordsworth: To Toussaint L’Ouverture. [back]
Note 4.
See Cowley, Quotation 19. [back]