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“The good die young.”
“Work, and your house shall be duly fed: / Work, and rest shall be won; / I hold that a man had better be dead / Than alive when his work is done.”
“Not what we think, but what we do, / Makes saints of us: all stiff and cold, / The outlines of the corpse show through / The cloth of gold.”
“The path of duty I clearly trace, / I stand with conscience face to face, / And all her pleas allow; / Calling and crying the while for grace, — / 'Some other time, and some other place; / Oh, not to-day; not now!'”
“There's nothing so kingly as kindness, / And nothing so royal as truth.”
“We cannot make bargains for blisses, / Nor catch them like fishes in nets; / And sometimes the thing our life misses, / Helps more than the thing which it gets.”
“Shut up the door: who loves me must not look / Upon the withered world, but haste to bring / His lighted candle, and his story-book, / And live with me the poetry of spring.”
“All things, my darling, all things seem / In some strange way to speak of thee; / Nothing is half so much a dream, / Nothing so much reality.”
Alice Cary, U.S. poet
(1820 - 1871)