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


  • A silence, the brief sabbath of an hour,
  • Reigns o’er the fields; the laborer sits within
  • His dwelling; he has left his steers awhile,
  • Unyoked, to bite the herbage, and his dog
  • Sleeps stretched beside the door-stone in the shade.
  • Now the gray marmot, with uplifted paws,
  • No more sits listening by his den, but steals
  • Abroad, in safety, to the clover-field,
  • And crops its juicy blossoms.
  • William Cullen Bryant.