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

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George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron. (1788–1824) (continued)
Of two such lessons, why forget
  The nobler and the manlier one?
You have the letters Cadmus gave,—
Think ye he meant them for a slave?
          Don Juan. Canto iii. Stanza 86. 10.
    Place me on Sunium’s marbled steep,
  Where nothing save the waves and I
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep;
  There, swan-like, let me sing and die. 1
          Don Juan. Canto iii. Stanza 86. 16.
    But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
  Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
          Don Juan. Canto iii. Stanza 88.
    Ah, surely nothing dies but something mourns.
          Don Juan. Canto iii. Stanza 108.
    And if I laugh at any mortal thing,
’T is that I may not weep.
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 4.
    The precious porcelain of human clay. 2
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 11.
    “Whom the gods love die young,” was said of yore. 3
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 12.
    Perhaps the early grave
Which men weep over may be meant to save.
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 12.
    And her face so fair
Stirr’d with her dream, as rose-leaves with the air. 4
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 29.
    These two hated with a hate
  Found only on the stage.
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 93.
    “Arcades ambo,”—id est, blackguards both.
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 93.
    I ’ve stood upon Achilles’ tomb,
And heard Troy doubted: time will doubt of Rome.
          Don Juan. Canto iv. Stanza 101.
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Quotation 52. [back]
Note 2.
See Dryden, Quotation 102. [back]
Note 3.
See Wordsworth, Quotation 148. [back]
Note 4.
All her innocent thoughts
Like rose-leaves scatter’d.
John Wilson: On the Death of a Child. (1812.) [back]