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

Sam Walter Foss 1858-1911 John Bartlett

    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 
    A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead;
They followed still his crooked way
And lost a hundred years a day;
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.
          The Calf-Path.
Note 1.
Disraeli: Henrietta Temple.
What we anticipate seldom occurs. Lowell. Page 741. [back]
Note 2.
A saying of William Penn. [back]