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

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John Pierpont. (1785–1866)
    A weapon that comes down as still
  As snowflakes fall upon the sod;
But executes a freeman’s will,
  As lightning does the will of God;
And from its force nor doors nor locks
Can shield you,—’t is the ballot-box.
          A Word from a Petitioner.
    From every place below the skies
  The grateful song, the fervent prayer,—
The incense of the heart, 1 —may rise
  To heaven, and find acceptance there.
          Every Place a Temple.
Barry (Bryan W. Procter) Cornwall. (1787–1874)
    The sea! the sea! the open sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
          The Sea.
    I ’m on the sea! I ’m on the sea!
I am where I would ever be,
With the blue above and the blue below,
And silence wheresoe’er I go.
          The Sea.
    I never was on the dull, tame shore,
But I loved the great sea more and more.
          The Sea.
    Touch us gently, Time! 2
  Let us glide adown thy stream
Gently,—as we sometimes glide
  Through a quiet dream.
          Touch us gently, Time.
Note 1.
See Cotton, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 2.
See Crabbe, Quotation 13. [back]