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

William Vaughn Moody 1869-1910 John Bartlett

              Time softly there
Laughs through the abyss of radiance with the gods.
          The Fire-Bringer. Act i.
    The gods despise enforcèd offerings.
When the heart brings its dearest and its last
Then only will they hear—if then, if then!
          The Fire-Bringer. Act ii.
    Hark, below, the many-voiced earth,
The chanting of the old religious trees,
Rustle of far-off waters, woven sounds
Of small and multitudinous lives awake,
Peopling the grasses and the pools with joy,
Uttering their meaning to the mystic night!
          The Fire-Bringer. Act ii.
              Passion is power,
And, kindly tempered, saves. All things declare
Struggle hath deeper peace than sleep can bring.
          The Masque of Judgment. Act iii. Sc. 2.