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LORD EDWARD ROBERT BULWER LYTTON, 1ST EARL OF LYTTON ("OWEN MEREDITH")
English statesman and poet
(1831 - 1891)
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Those true eyes
  Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise
    The sweet soul shining through them.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto II, st. 3) [Eyes]

Alas! must it ever be so?
  Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
    And fight our own shadows forever?
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto II, st. 5) [Shadows]

In life there are meetings which seem
  Like a fate.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto III, st. 8)
        [Meeting]

To all facts there are laws,
  The effect has its cause, and I mount to the cause.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto III, st. 8) [Cause]

Life hath set
  No landmarks before us.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto V, st. 14) [Life]

There is purpose in pain,
  Otherwise it were devilish.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto V, st. 8) [Pain]

We are our own fates. Our own deeds
  Are our doomsmen. Man's life was made
    Not for men's creeds,
      But men's actions.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto V, st. 8) [Deeds]

No star ever rose or set without influence somewhere.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto VI) [Influence]

Not a truth has to art or to science been given,
  But brows have ached for it, and souls toil'd and striven;
    And many have striven, and many have fail'd,
      And many died, slain by the truth they assail'd.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 1) [Truth]

That, in tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun.
  Trust to me!
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 15) [Trust]

As pure as a pearl,
  And as perfect: a noble and innocent girl.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 16)
        [Chastity]

Are not great
  Men the models of nations?
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 29)
        [Greatness]

That's best
  Which God sends. 'Twas His will: it is mine.
      - Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 29)
        [Resignation]

Meanwhile, there is dancing in yonder green bower,
  A swarm of young midges, they dance high and low;
    'Tis a sweet little species that lives but one hour,
      And the eldest was born half an hour ago.
      - Midges [Midges]

News, news, news, my gossiping friends,
  I have wonderful news to tell,
    A lady by me her compliments sends;
      And this is the news from Hell!
      - News [News]

The devil, my friends, is a woman just now.
  'Tis a woman that reigns in Hell.
      - News [Devil]

The first wan cowslip, wet
  With tears of the first morn.
      - Ode to a Starling [Cowslips]

Who can undo
  What time hath done? Who can win back the wind?
    Beckon lost music from a broken lute?
      Renew the redness of a last year's rose?
        Or dig the sunken sunset from the deep?
      - Orval, or the Fool of Time
         (second epoch, sc. 1),
        said to be a translation of a French translation of "The Inferno"
        [Time]

Who seeks for aid
  Must show how service sought can be repaid.
      - Siege of Constantinople [Service]

Through tall cowslips nodding near you,
  Just to touch you as you pass.
      - Song [Cowslips]

For Art is Nature made by Man
  To Man the interpreter of God.
      - The Artist (st. 26) [Art]

Be it jewel or toy,
  Not the prize gives the joy,
    But the striving to win the prize.
      - The Boatman,
        under the name Pisistratus Caxton
        [Success]

However we pass Time, he passes still,
  Passing away whatever the pastime,
    And, whether we use him well or ill,
      Some day he gives us the slip for the last time.
      - The Dead Pope [Time]

What's saved affords
  No indication of what's lost.
      - The Scroll [Loss]

There is a pleasure which is born of pain.
      - The Wanderer (bk. I, prologue, pt. I)
        [Pleasure]


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