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I do remember an apothecary,

And hereabouts he dwells,-whom late I noted
In tatter'd weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of simples; meagre were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones:
And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
An alligator stuff'd, and other skins
Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes,

Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds,
Remnants of packthread and old cakes of roses,
Were thinly scatter'd to make up a show.

Romeo and Juliet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 37.

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Like a plank of driftwood
Tossed on the watery main,
Another plank encountered,
Meets, touches, parts again;
So tossed, and drifting ever,
On life's unresting sea,
Men meet, and greet, and sever,
Parting eternally.

EDWIN ARNOLD-Book of Good Counsel. Trans. from the Sanscrit of the Hitopadéesa. A literal trans. by MAX MÜLLER appeared in The Fortnightly, July, 1898. He also translated the same idea from the Mahavastu.


Like driftwood spars which meet and pass Upon the boundless ocean-plain,

So on the sea of life, alas!

Man nears man, meets, and leaves again. MATTHEW ARNOLD-Terrace at Berne. (See also ALGER)


As drifting logs of wood may haply meet
On ocean's waters surging to and fro,
And having met, drift once again apart,
So, fleeting is the intercourse of men.

E'en as a traveler meeting with the shade
Of some o'erhung tree, awhile reposes,
Then leaves its shelter to pursue his ways,
So men meet friends, then part with them for


Trans. of the Code of Manu. In Words of Wisdom.


We met 'twas in a crowd.


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tion in a fictitious magazine, Greenwich Mag. for Marines, 1707. (Hoax.) It appeared in MRS. MARY SHERWOOD'S novel, The Nun. Same idea in POPE-Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford, and Earl Mortimer.

Though lost to sight to memory dear The absent claim a sigh, the dead a tear. SIR DAVID DUNDAS offered 5 shillings during his life (1799-1877) to any one who could produce the origin of this first line. See Notes and Queries, Oct. 21, 1916. P. 336. Dem Augen fern dem Herzen ewig nah'. On a tomb in Dresden, near that of VON WEBER'S. See Notes and Queries, March 27, 1909. P. 249.

(See also BACON, RIDER)

I recollect a nurse called Ann,
Who carried me about the grass,
And one fine day a fine young man
Came up and kissed the pretty lass.
She did not make the least objection.
Thinks I, "Aha,

When I can talk I'll tell Mama,"
And that's my earliest recollection.



The leaves of memory seemed to make A mournful rustling in the dark.

LONGFELLOW-The Fire of Drift-Wood.


The heart hath its own memory, like the mind, And in it are enshrined

The precious keepsakes, into which is wrought The giver's loving thought.

LONGFELLOW-From My Arm-Chair. St. 12.


This memory brightens o'er the past, As when the sun concealed

Behind some cloud that near us hangs, Shines on a distant field.

LONGFELLOW A Gleam of Sunshine.


There comes to me out of the Past

A voice, whose tones are sweet and wild, Singing a song almost divine,

And with a tear in every line.


LONGFELLOW-Tales of a Wayside Inn.
III. Interlude before "The Mother's Ghost."


Nothing now is left

But a majestic memory.

LONGFELLOW-Three Friends of Mine. L. 10.


Wakes the bitter memory Of what he was, what is, and what must be Worse.

MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 24.


Il se veoid par expérience, que les mémoires excellentes se joignent volontiers aux jugements débiles.

Experience teaches that a good memory is generally joined to a weak judgment. MONTAIGNE-Essays. I. 9.


To live with them is far less sweet
Than to remember thee!

MOORE-I Saw Thy Form in Youthful Prime.

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