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

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Charles Henry (John Paul) Webb. (1834–1905) (continued)
    I send thee a shell from the ocean-beach;
But listen thou well, for my shell hath speech.
      Hold to thine ear
      And plain thou’lt hear 1 
          Tales of ships.
          With a Nantucket Shell.
    Of Christian souls more have been wrecked on shore
      Than ever were lost at sea.
          With a Nantucket Shell.
Richard Garnett. (1835–1906)
      The three eldest children of Necessity: God, the World and love.
          De Flagello myrteo.
      Love is God’s essence; Power but his attribute: therefore is his love greater than his power.
          De Flagello myrteo. iv.
      Thou canst not pray to God without praying to Love, but mayest pray to Love without praying to God.
          De Flagello myrteo. xiii.
      When Silence speaks for Love she has much to say.
          De Flagello myrteo. lxxiii.
    Sweet are the words of Love, sweeter his thoughts:
Sweetest of all what Love nor says nor thinks.
          De Flagello myrteo. clxv.
      Were Love exempt from the militations of Necessity, he were greater than God and the World.
          De Flagello myrteo. ccxxv.
Theodore Tilton. (1835–1907)
    I won a noble fame;
But with a sudden frown,
The people snatched my crown,
And, in the mire, trod down
  My lofty name.
          Sir Marmaduke’s Musings.
Note 1.
D. G. Rossetti: The Sea Hints. Page 769. Eugene Lee-Hamilton: Page 824. [back]