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'Tis better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all.

In Memoriam Stanza 27.


Sae true his heart, sae smooth his speech,

His breath like caller air ;

foot has music in't,
As he comes up the stair.

The Sailor's Wife.


Man proposes, but God disposes.*

Imitation of Christ. Book 1.

Chap. 19.

Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.

Ibid. Book III. Chap. 12.

“ Man proposeth, God disposeth.” — Herbert's Jacula Prudentum.


No stealth of time has thinned my flowing hair,

Elegy ir.

Verse 5.

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You give too much for whistle.

The Whistle. A True Story.

A penny

saved is two pence clear ; A pin a day's a groat a year.

Hints to those that would be rich.



God helps them that help themselves.
Preliminary Address to Poor Richard's Almanac"

for 1758.

Early to bed, and early to rise,
Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.


Continual dropping wears away stones.


* A pin a day will fetch a groat a year.”—Sec Quotations from King.

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Three removes are as bad as a fire.
Preliminary Address to Poor Richard's Almanac"

for 1758.

Many a little makes a meikle.



Fools make feasts and wise men eat them. Ibid.

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.


It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.*



She may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's.t Essay on Ranke's History of the Popes, published in

Edinburgh Review, Oct. 1840.

* Most of these extracts from Franklin are proverbial expressions long prior to his time, and, as he himself says, they are for the most part“ gleanings that I had made of the sense of all ages and nations."

+ The noble essayist alludes in this passage to the Roman Catholic Church.


There is no flock however watched and tended,

But one dead lamb is there ;
There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended,

But has one vacant chair. Resignation.

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Let us then be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate ;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.

A Psalm of Life.


A gentle knight was pricking on the plaine,
Fairie Queen. Book 1.

Canto 1.

Line I

Yet gold all is not that doth golden seeme.

Canto VIII.

Book 11.

Stanza 14.

I was promised on a time
To have reason for


rhime ;
From that time unto this season
I received nor rhime nor reason.
Lines on the pension which had been

promised to him




rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying ;
And this same flower that smiles to-day,
To-morrow will be dying.

To the Virgins to make much of time.


Let those love now who never loved before ;
Let those who always loved now love the more.f

The Vigil of Venus. Lines 1, 2.

* The authenticity of these lines is doubted, though they are generally attributed to Spenser.

† From the Pervigilium Veneris, written in the time of Julius Cæsar, and by some ascribed to Catullus.

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