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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)
    The best of prophets of the future is the past.
          Letter, Jan. 28, 1821.
    What say you to such a supper with such a woman? 1
          Note to a Letter on Bowles’s Strictures.
William Knox. (1789–1825)
    Oh why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a fast-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
He passes from life to his rest in the grave. 2
          Mortality. 3
Alfred Bunn. (1790–1860)
    I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls,
With vassals and serfs at my side.
    The light of other days 4 is faded,
And all their glories past.
    The heart bowed down by weight of woe
To weakest hope will cling.
Fitz-Greene Halleck. (1790–1867)
    Strike—for your altars and your fires!
Strike—for the green graves of your sires!
  God, and your native land!
          Marco Bozzaris.
Note 1.
See Lady Montagu, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 2.
Abraham Lincoln was very fond of repeating these lines. [back]
Note 3.
From Knox’s “Songs of Israel,” 1824. [back]
Note 4.
See Moore, Quotation 50. [back]