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

James Jeffrey Rohe 1847-1908 John Bartlett

            A brave endeavor
To do thy duty, whate’er its worth,
  Is better than life with love forever
And love is the sweetest thing on earth.
          Sir Hugo’s Choice.
    The love of man and woman is as fire
  To warm, to light, but surely to consume
  And self-consuming die…
But comrade-love is as a welding blast
  Of candid flame and ardent temperature:
  Glowing more fervent, it doth bind more fast;
And melting both but makes the union sure.
The dross alone is burnt—till at the last
The steel, if cold, is one and strong and pure.
          My Comrade.
    I ’d rather be handsome than homely;
  I ’d rather be youthful than old;
If I can’t have a bushel of silver
  I’ll do with a barrel of gold.
      All loved Art in a seemly way
With an earnest soul and a capital A.
          The V-a-s-e.