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

Phoebe Cary 1824-1871 John Bartlett

    And though hard be the task,
“Keep a stiff upper lip.”
          Keep a stiff upper Lip.
    Nearer my Father’s house,
  Where the many mansions be,
Nearer the great white throne,
  Nearer the crystal sea.

Nearer the bound of life,
  Where we lay our burdens down,
Nearer leaving the cross,
  Nearer gaining the crown.
          Nearer Home.
    Her washing ended with the day,
  Yet lived she at its close,
And passed the long, long night away
  In darning ragged hose.

But when the sun in all its state
  Illumed the Eastern skies,
She passed about the kitchen grate
  And went to making pies.
          The Wife. 1
Note 1.
James Aldrich: A death-bed, page 694. [back]