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

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Sir Edwin Arnold. (1832–1904) (continued)
    What good I see humbly I seek to do
And live obedient to the law, in trust
That what will come and must come will come well.
          The Light of Asia.
    We are the voices of the wandering wind,
Which moan for rest and rest can never find;
Lo! as the wind is, so is mortal life,
A moan, a sigh, a sob, a storm, a strife.
          The Deva’s Song.
Elizabeth Akers Allen. (1832–1911)
    Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight!
Make me a child again, just for to-night!
          Rock me to sleep.
    Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,—
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain!
Take them, and give me my childhood again!
          Rock me to sleep.
    Behold, we live through all things,—famine, thirst,
  Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
On soul and body,—but we can not die,
Though we be sick and tired and faint and worn,—
Lo, all things can be borne!
Adam Lindsay (Lionel Gordon) Gordon. (1833–1870)
    Life is mostly froth and bubble;
  Two things stand like stone:—
Kindness in another’s trouble,
  Courage in our own.
          Ye weary Wayfarer. Finis Exoptatus.