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

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Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton. (1803–1873) (continued)
                    You speak
As one who fed on poetry.
          Richelieu. Act i. Sc. vi.
    Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. 1 
          Richelieu. Act ii. Sc. ii.
    Ambition has no risk.
          Richelieu. Act iii. Sc. i.
              Take away the sword;
States can be saved without it.
          Richelieu. Act iii. Sc. i.
    In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves
For a bright manhood, there is no such word
As “fail.”
          Richelieu. Act iii. Sc. i.
    Our glories float between the earth and heaven
Like clouds which seem pavilions of the sun.
          Richelieu. Act v. Sc. iii.
    The brilliant chief, irregularly great,
Frank, haughty, rash,—the Rupert of debate! 2 
          The New Timon. (1846). Part i.
          Alone!—that worn-out word,
So idly spoken, and so coldly heard;
Yet all that poets sing and grief hath known
Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word ALONE!
          The New Timon. (1846). Part ii.
    Two lives that once part are as ships that divide
  When, moment on moment, there rushes between
      The one and the other a sea;—
  Ah, never can fall from the days that have been
      A gleam on the years that shall be! 3 
          A Lament.
    Memory, no less than hope, owes its charm to “the far away.”
          A Lament.
    When stars are in the quiet skies,
  Then most I pine for thee;

Note 1.
See Burton, page 189. [back]
Note 2.
In April, 1844, Mr. Disraeli thus alluded to Lord Stanley: “The noble lord is the Rupert of debate.” [back]
Note 3.
Ships that pass in the night. See Longfellow, page 644. [back]