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

Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 John Bartlett

    My life is like a stroll upon the beach,
  As near the ocean’s edge as I can go.
          The Fisher’s Boy.
    I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
    Whate’er we leave to God, God does
      And blesses us.
    I hear beyond the range of sound,
  I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
  And in my day the sun doth pale his light.
    She with one breath attunes the spheres,
  And also my poor human heart.
      Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
      It is true, I never assisted the sun materially in his rising; but, doubt not, it was of the last importance only to be present at it. 1 
      For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snow-storms and rain-storms and did my duty faithfully.
Note 1.
Rostand: Chantecler. Hymn to the Sun, page 998. [back]