Charles Henry Webb

Charles Henry Webb (January 24, 1834, Rouse's Point, New YorkMay 24, 1905) was an American poet, author and journalist.

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  • Friends I have had both old and young,
    And ale we drank and songs we sung:
    Enough you know when this is said,
    That, one and all, they died in bed.
    In bed they died and I’ll not go
    Where all my friends have perished so.
    • Dum vivimus vigilamus, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I send thee a shell from the ocean-beach;
    But listen thou well, for my shell hath speech.
    Hold to thine ear
    And plain thou'lt hear
    Tales of ships.
    • With a Nantucket Shell, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Gather a shell from the strewn beach / And listen at its lips: they sigh / The same desire and mystery, / The echo of the whole sea's speech", Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Sea Hints; The hollow sea-shell, which for years hath stood / On dusty shelves, when held against the ear / Proclaims its stormy parent, and we hear / The faint, far murmur of the breaking flood. / We hear the sea. The Sea? It is the blood / In our own veins, impetuous and near", Eugene Lee-Hamilton, Sonnet. Sea-shell Murmurs'.
  • Of Christian souls more have been wrecked on shore
    Than ever were lost at sea.
    • With a Nantucket Shell, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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