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

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George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier. (1834–1896)
    A little work, a little play
To keep us going—and so good-day! 1 

A little warmth, a little light
Of love’s bestowing—and so, good-night.

A little fun, to match the sorrow
Of each day’s growing—and so, good-morrow!

A little trust that when we die
We reap our sowing—and so—good-bye!
William Morris. (1834–1896)
    Dreamer of dreams, born out of my due time,
Why should I strive to set the crooked straight?
The idle singer of an empty day.
          An Apology.
Note 1.
Ah, brief is Life,
  Love’s short sweet way,
With dreamings rife,
  And then—Good-day!

And Life is vain—
  Hope’s vague delight,
Grief’s transient pain,
  And then—Good-night.

  Montenaeken (Translated by Louise Chandler Moulton). The original is as follows:

La vie est vaine,
  Un peu d’amour,
Un peu de haine,
  Et puis—Bonjour!

La vie est brève:
  Un peu d’espoir,
Un peu de rève
  Et puis—Bon soir! [back]