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

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George (Marian Evans Cross) Eliot. (1819–1880) (continued)
    Oh may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence.
          Poems: Oh may I join the Choir invisible.
    It’s but little good you’ll do watering last year’s crops.
          Adam Bede. Chap. xviii.
    He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow. 1 
          Adam Bede. Chap. xxxiii.
    An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
          Romola. Book iii. Chap. xvii.
    Men’s men: gentle or simple, they’re much of a muchness.
          Daniel Deronda. Book iv. Chap. xxxi.
Josiah Gilbert Holland. (1819–1881)
    Heaven is not reached at a single bound;
  But we build the ladder by which we rise
  From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,
And we mount to its summit round by round.
    He could see naught but vanity in beauty
  And naught but weakness in a fond caress
And pitied men whose views of Christian duty
  Allowed indulgence in such foolishness.
          Daniel Gray.
    God give us men. The time demands
  Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and willing hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
  Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
  Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
  And dam his treacherous flatteries without winking;
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
  In public duty and in private thinking.
Note 1.
Rostand: Chantecler: Hymn to the Sun, page 998. [back]