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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Infancy (See Childhood)

A babe in a house is a well-spring of pleasure.


  • Of all the joys that brighten suffering earth,
  • What joy is welcom’d like a new-born child?
  • Mrs. Norton.

  • A young star, who shone
  • O’er life, too sweet an image for such gloss,
  • A lovely being scarcely form’d or moulded,
  • A rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded.
  • Byron.

  • Joy them bring’st, but mix’d with trembling;
  • Anxious hopes and tender fears,
  • Pleasing hopes and mingled sorrows,
  • Smiles of transport dashed with tears.
  • Cottle.

  • ’Tis aye a solemn thing to me
  • To look upon a babe that sleeps—
  • Wearing in its spirit-deeps
  • The unrevealed mystery
  • Of its Adam’s taint and woe,
  • Which, when they revealed lie,
  • Will not let it slumber so.
  • Mrs. Browning.

  • The hour arrives, the moment wish’d and fear’d,
  • The child is born by many a pang endear’d,
  • And now the mother’s ear has caught his cry;
  • O grant the cherub to her asking eye!
  • He comes—she clasps him. To her bosom press’d
  • He drinks the balm of life, and drops to rest.
  • Rogers.