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

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Oliver Goldsmith. (1730?–1774) (continued)
essence of spirituality may be referred to the second predicable.
          Vicar of Wakefield. Chap. vii.
    I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellect too.
          Vicar of Wakefield. Chap. vii.
    Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale,
  And guide my lonely way
To where yon taper cheers the vale
  With hospitable ray.
          The Hermit. Chap. viii. Stanza 1.
    Taught by that Power that pities me,
  I learn to pity them. 1
          The Hermit. Chap. viii. Stanza 6.
    Man wants but little here below,
  Nor wants that little long. 2
          The Hermit. Chap. viii. Stanza 8.
    And what is friendship but a name,
  A charm that lulls to sleep,
A shade that follows wealth or fame,
  And leaves the wretch to weep?
          The Hermit. Chap. viii. Stanza 19.
    The sigh that rends thy constant heart
  Shall break thy Edwin’s too.
          The Hermit. Chap. viii. Stanza 33.
    By the living jingo, she was all of a muck of sweat.
          The Hermit. Chap. ix.
    They would talk of nothing but high life, and high-lived company, with other fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare, and the musical glasses.
          The Hermit. Chap. ix.
    It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition. 3
          The Hermit. Chap. x.
    To what happy accident 4 is it that we owe so unexpected a visit?
          The Hermit. Chap. xix.
Note 1.
See Burton, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 2.
See Young, Quotation 33. [back]
Note 3.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.—Pliny the Younger: Letters, book ii. letter xv. 1. [back]
Note 4.
See Middleton, Quotation 29. [back]