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

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William Cowper. (1731–1800) (continued)
    God moves in a mysterious way
  His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea
  And rides upon the storm.
          Light shining out of Darkness.
    Behind a frowning providence
  He hides a shining face.
          Light shining out of Darkness.
    Beware of desperate steps! The darkest day,
Live till to-morrow, will have pass’d away.
          The Needless Alarm. Moral.
    Oh that those lips had language! Life has pass’d
With me but roughly since I heard thee last.
          On the Receipt of my Mother’s Picture.
    The son of parents pass’d into the skies.
          On the Receipt of my Mother’s Picture.
    The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves, by thumping on your back, 1
  His sense of your great merit, 2
Is such a friend that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed
  To pardon or to bear it.
          On Friendship.
    A worm is in the bud of youth,
  And at the root of age.
          Stanzas subjoined to a Bill of Mortality.
    Toll for the brave!—
  The brave that are no more!
All sunk beneath the wave,
  Fast by their native shore!
          On the Loss of the Royal George.
    There is a bird who by his coat,
And by the hoarseness of his note,
  Might be supposed a crow.
          The Jackdaw. (Translation from Vincent Bourne).
Note 1.
See Young, Quotation 80. [back]
Note 2.
Var. How he esteems your merit. [back]