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

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Oliver Goldsmith. (1730?–1774) (continued)
    Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days
Have led their children through the mirthful maze,
And the gay grandsire, skill’d in gestic lore,
Has frisk’d beneath the burden of threescore.
          The Traveller. Line 251.
    They please, are pleas’d; they give to get esteem,
Till seeming blest, they grow to what they seem. 1
          The Traveller. Line 266.
    Embosom’d in the deep where Holland lies.
Methinks her patient sons before me stand,
Where the broad ocean leans against the land.
          The Traveller. Line 282.
    Pride in their port, defiance in their eye,
I see the lords of humankind pass by. 2
          The Traveller. Line 327.
    The land of scholars and the nurse of arms.
          The Traveller. Line 356.
    For just experience tells, in every soil,
That those that think must govern those that toil.
          The Traveller. Line 372.
    Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
          The Traveller. Line 386.
    Forc’d from their homes, a melancholy train,
To traverse climes beyond the western main;
Where wild Oswego spreads her swamps around,
And Niagara stuns with thundering sound.
          The Traveller. Line 409.
    Vain, very vain, my weary search to find
That bliss which only centres in the mind.
          The Traveller. Line 423.
    Luke’s iron crown, and Damien’s bed of steel. 3
          The Traveller. Line 436.
    Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain.
          The Deserted Village. Line 1.
    The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade,
For talking age and whispering lovers made.
          The Deserted Village. Line 13.
Note 1.
The character of the French. [back]
Note 2.
See Dryden, Quotation 96. [back]
Note 3.
When Davies asked for an explanation of “Luke’s iron crown,” Goldsmith referred him to a book called “Géographie Curieuse,” and added that by “Damien’s bed of-steel” he meant the rack.—Granger: Letters, (1805), p. 52. [back]