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

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John James Ingalls. (1833–1900)
    The purification of politics is an iridescent dream.
      Every man is the center of a circle, whose fatal circumference he can not pass.
          Eulogy on Benjamin Hill, United States Senate, Jan. 23, 1882.
Edmund Clarence Stedman. (1833–1908)
          I dare aver
He is a brave discoverer
Of climes his elders do not know.
He has more learning than appears
On the scroll of twice three thousand years.
          The Discoverer.
    Crops failed; wealth took a flight; house, treasure, land,
  Slipped from my hold—thus plenty comes and goes.
One friend I had, but he too loosed his hand
  (Or was it I?) the year I met with Rose.
          The World well lost.
    Give me to die unwitting of the day,
And stricken in Life’s brave heat, with senses clear!
          Mors Benefica.
Sir Lewis Morris. (1833–1907)
    The wind that sighs before the dawn
  Chases the gloom of night,
The curtains of the East are drawn,
  And suddenly—’t is light.
          Le Vent de l’Esprit.
    The love of the Right, tho’ cast down, the hate of victorious Ill,
All are sparks from the central fire of a boundless beneficent will.
          A new Orphic Hymn.