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

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (1807–1882) (continued)
    Talk not of wasted affection! affection never was wasted;
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters returning
Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment.
          Evangeline. Part ii. 1.
    Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.
          Evangeline. Part ii. 1.
    And as she looked around, she saw how Death the consoler,
Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever.
          Part ii. 5.
    Saint Augustine! well hast thou said,
  That of our vices we can frame
A ladder, if we will but tread
  Beneath our feet each deed of shame. 1 
          The Ladder of Saint Augustine.
    The heights by great men reached and kept
  Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they while their companions slept
  Were toiling upward in the night.
          The Ladder of Saint Augustine.
    The surest pledge of a deathless name
Is the silent homage of thoughts unspoken.
          The Herons of Elmwood.
    He has singed the beard of the king of Spain. 2 
          The Dutch Picture.
    The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
          Morituri salutamus.
Note 1.
I held it truth, with him who sings
  To one clear harp in divers tones,
  That men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.
Tennyson: In Memoriam, i. [back]
Note 2.
Sir Francis Drake entered the harbour of Cadiz, April 19, 1587, and destroyed shipping to the amount of ten thousand tons lading. To use his own expressive phrase, he had “singed the Spanish king’s beard.”—Knight: Pictorial History of England, vol. iii. p. 215. [back]