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Johann Martin Usteri

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Life let us cherish, while yet the taper glows,
And the fresh flow’ret pluck ere it close;
Why are we fond of toil and care?
Why choose the rankling thorn to wear?
Life let us cherish, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

Johann Martin Usteri

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