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

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James Russell Lowell. (1819–1891) (continued)
    His words were simple words enough
  And yet he used them so
That what in other mouths was rough
  In his seemed musical and low.
          Shepherd of King Admetus.
    All thoughts that mould the age begin
Deep down within the primitive soul.
          An Incident in a Railroad Car.
    It may be glorious to write
Thoughts that shall glad the two or three
High souls, like those far stars that come in sight
Once in a century.
          An Incident in a Railroad Car.
    No man is born into the world whose work
Is not born with him. There is always work,
And tools to work withal, for those who will;
And blessed are the horny hands of toil.
          A Glance behind the Curtain.
    They are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak.
.    .    .    .    .    .    .
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.
          Stanzas on Freedom.
    Endurance is the crowning quality,
And patience all the passion of great hearts.
            One day with life and heart
Is more than time enough to find a world.
    Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
          The present Crisis.
    Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne. 1 
          The present Crisis.
Note 1.
Dryden: Art of Poetry, line 376: Showed Worth on foot and rascals in the coach. J. G. Holland: Wanted; Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps. [back]