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

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Jonathan M. Sewall. (1748–1808)
    No pent-up Utica contracts your powers,
But the whole boundless continent is yours.
          Epilogue to Cato. 1
John Edwin. (1749–1790)
    A man’s ingress into the world is naked and bare,
His progress through the world is trouble and care;
And lastly, his egress out of the world, is nobody knows where.
If we do well here, we shall do well there:
I can tell you no more if I preach a whole year. 2
          The Eccentricities of John Edwin (second edition), vol. i. p. 74. London, 1791.
John Trumbull. (1750–1831)
    But optics sharp it needs, I ween,
To see what is not to be seen.
          McFingal. Canto i. Line 67.
    But as some muskets so contrive it
As oft to miss the mark they drive at,
And though well aimed at duck or plover,
Bear wide, and kick their owners over.
          McFingal. Canto i. Line 93.
    As though there were a tie
And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
Note 1.
Written for the Bow Street Theatre, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. [back]
Note 2.
These lines Edwin offers as heads of a “sermon.” Longfellow places them in the mouth of “The Cobbler of Hagenau,” as a “familiar tune.” See “The Wayside Inn, part ii. The Student’s Tale.” [back]