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Alice Cary

  • 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.

    • Alice Cary,
    • "Work," Ballads, Lyrics, and Hymns ()
  • 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.

    • Alice Cary,
    • "Faith and Works," The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary ()
  • 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!'

    • Alice Cary,
    • "Not Now," The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary ()
  • There's nothing so kingly as kindness, / And nothing so royal as truth.

    • Alice Cary,
    • "Nobility," The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary ()
  • 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.

    • Alice Cary,
    • "Nobility," The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary ()
  • 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.

    • Alice Cary,
    • "Autumn," The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary ()
  • 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,
    • "Most Beloved," The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary ()

Alice Cary, U.S. poet

(1820 - 1871)