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

John Pierpont 1785-1866 John Bartlett

    A weapon that comes down as still
  As snowflakes fall upon the sod;
But executes a freeman’s will,
  As lightning does the will of God;
And from its force nor doors nor locks
Can shield you,—’t is the ballot-box.
          A Word from a Petitioner.
    From every place below the skies
  The grateful song, the fervent prayer,—
The incense of the heart, 1 —may rise
  To heaven, and find acceptance there.
          Every Place a Temple.
Note 1.
See Cotton, Quotation 2. [back]