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

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John Davidson. (1857–1909)
    That minister of ministers,
  Imagination, gathers up
The undiscovered Universe,
  Like jewels in a jasper cup.
          There is a Dish to hold the Sea.
    My feet are heavy now but on I go,
My head erect beneath the tragic years.
          I felt the World a-spinning on its Nave.
Sam Walter Foss. (1858–1911)
    We felt the universe wuz safe, an’ God wuz on his throne.
          The volunteer Organist.
    The sweet mellifluous milking of the cow.
          The Milking of the Cow.
    He had a startling genius, but somehow it did n’t emerge;
  Always on the evolution of things that would n’t evolve;
Always verging toward some climax, but he never reached the verge;
  Always nearing the solution of some theme he could not solve.
          The Inventor.
    There are purple grapes in the Land of Git-Thare.
          The Land of Git-Thare.
    I say the very things that make the greatest Stir
An’ the most interestin’ things, are things that did n’t occur. 1 
          Things that did n’t occur.
    Strew gladness on the paths of men—
You will not pass this way again.
          I shall not pass this Way again. 2 
Note 1.
Disraeli: Henrietta Temple.
What we anticipate seldom occurs. Lowell. Page 741. [back]
Note 2.
A saying of William Penn. [back]