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

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Robert Browning. (1812–1889) (continued)
    Say not “a small event!” Why “small”?
Costs it more pain that this ye call
A “great event” should come to pass
From that? Untwine me from the mass
Of deeds which make up life, one deed
Power shall fall short in or exceed!
          Pippa Passes. Introduction.
    God’s in his heaven:
All’s right with the world. 1 
          Pippa Passes. Part i.
    Some unsuspected isle in the far seas,—
Some unsuspected isle in far-off seas.
          Pippa Passes. Part ii.
    In the morning of the world,
When earth was nigher heaven than now.
          Pippa Passes. Part iii.
    All service ranks the same with God,—
With God, whose puppets, best and worst,
Are we: there is no last nor first.
          Pippa Passes. Part iv.
    I trust in Nature for the stable laws
Of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant
And Autumn garner to the end of time.
I trust in God,—the right shall be the right
And other than the wrong, while he endures.
I trust in my own soul, that can perceive
The outward and the inward,—Nature’s good
And God’s.
          A Soul’s Tragedy. Act. i.
      I judge people by what they might be,—not are, nor will be.
          A Soul’s Tragedy. Act ii.
    There’s a woman like a dewdrop, she’s so purer than the purest.
          A Blot in the ’Scutcheon. Act i. Sc. iii.
    When is man strong until he feels alone? 2 
          Colombe’s Birthday. Act iii.
Note 1.
See Holmes, page 691. [back]
Note 2.
Ibsen: The Enemy of the People. The strongest man on earth is he who stands alone. [back]