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Lewis Morris

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Call no faith false which e'er hath brought
Relief to any laden life,
Cessation to the pain of thought,
Refreshment mid the dust of strife.
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Tolerance, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

 
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Love, which is lust, is the Lamp in the Tomb.
Love, which is lust, is the Call from the Gloom.
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Thy letter hath been perused. Were the truth of this Revelation to be fully demonstrated with elaborate proofs, all the scrolls that exist in the heaven and on the earth would be insufficient to contain them.
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