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- Life is mostly froth and bubble;
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
- "Finis Exoptatus (A metaphysical Song)" (24 November 1866), Fytte 8 of Ye Wearie Wayfarer: Hys Ballad in Eight Fyttes, as published in Sea Spray and Smoke Drift (1867)
- Variant: Many quoters, including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1919), have "in our own" instead of "in your own".