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

Jane Taylor 1783-1824 John Bartlett

    Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!
          Essays in Rhyme. (On Morals and Manners. Prejudice.) Essay i. Stanza 45.
    Far from mortal cares retreating,
  Sordid hopes and vain desires,
Here, our willing footsteps meeting,
  Every heart to heaven aspires.
    I thank the goodness and the grace
  Which on my birth have smiled,
And made me, in these Christian days,
  A happy Christian child.
          A Child’s Hymn of Praise.
    Oh that it were my chief delight
  To do the things I ought!
Then let me try with all my might
  To mind what I am taught.
          For a Very Little Child. 1
    Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
          My Mother.
Note 1.
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