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Jean Ingelow

Man dwells apart, though not alone,
He walks among his peers unread;
The best of thoughts which he hath known
For lack of listeners are not said.

Jean Ingelow (March 17, 1820July 20, 1897) was an English poet and novelist.

QuotesEdit

  • Man is the miracle in nature. God
    Is the One Miracle to man. Behold,
    "There is a God," thou sayest. Thou sayest well:
    In that thou sayest all. To Be is more
    Of wonderful, than being, to have wrought,
    Or reigned, or rested.
    • Story of Doom (1867), Book VII, line 271.
  • The while He sits whose name is Love,
    And waits, as Noah did, for the dove,
    To wit if she would fly to him.

    He waits for us, while, houseless things,
    We beat about with bruised wings
    On the dark floods and water-springs,
    The ruined world, the desolate sea;
    With open windows from the prime
    All night, all day, He waits sublime,
    Until the fulness of the time
    Decreed from His eternity.

    • "Scholar and Carpenter", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Reign, and keep life in this our deep desire
    Our only greatness is that we aspire.
    • "A Snow Mountain", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Crowds of bees are giddy with clover
    Crowds of grasshoppers skip at our feet,
    Crowds of larks at their matins hang over,
    Thanking the Lord for a life so sweet.
    • "Divided", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • But two are walking apart forever
    And wave their hands for a mute farewell.
    • "Divided", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • A sweeter woman ne'er drew breath
    Than my sonne's wife, Elizabeth.
    • "The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Man dwells apart, though not alone,
    He walks among his peers unread;
    The best of thoughts which he hath known
    For lack of listeners are not said.
    • "Afterthought", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • How short our happy days appear!
    How long the sorrowful!
    • "The Mariner's Cave", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • To bear, to nurse, to rear,
    To watch and then to lose,
    To see my bright ones disappear,
    Drawn up like morning dews.
    • "Songs of Seven. Seven times Six", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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