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

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Oliver Goldsmith. (1730?–1774) (continued)
    The bashful virgin’s sidelong looks of love.
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    Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
Princes and lords may flourish or may fade,—
A breath can make them, as a breath has made; 1
But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride,
When once destroy’d, can never be supplied.
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    His best companions, innocence and health;
And his best riches, ignorance of wealth.
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    How blest is he who crowns in shades like these
A youth of labour with an age of ease!
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    While Resignation gently slopes away,
And all his prospects brightening to the last,
His heaven commences ere the world be past.
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    The watch-dog’s voice that bay’d the whispering wind,
And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
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    A man he was to all the country dear,
And passing rich with forty pounds a year.
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    Wept o’er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done,
Shoulder’d his crutch, and shew’d how fields were won.
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    Careless their merits or their faults to scan,
His pity gave ere charity began.
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
And even his failings lean’d to Virtue’s side.
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    And as a bird each fond endearment tries
To tempt its new-fledg’d offspring to the skies,
He tried each art, reprov’d each dull delay,
Allur’d to brighter worlds, and led the way.
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Note 1.
See Pope, Quotation 177.

C’est un verre qui luit,
Qu’un souffle peut détruire, et qu’un souffle a produit
(It is a shining glass, which a breath may destroy, and which a breath has produced).—De Caux (comparing the world to his hour-glass). [back]