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- I came from nothing; but from where
Come these undying thoughts I bear?
- Opening lines of "A Song of Derivations". In Poems (London: John Lane, 1896) this poem is titled "The Modern Poet: A Song of Derivations". In later editions of Poems, it is titled "A Poet's Fancies VIII: A Song of Derivations".
- It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, where Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.
- "The Colour of Life" in The Colour of Life and Other Essays on Things Seen and Heard (London: John Lane, 1896), p. 4.
- She walks—the lady of my delight—
A shepherdess of sheep.
Her flocks are thoughts. She keeps them white;
She keeps them from the steep
- Opening stanza of "The Shepherdess" in Later Poems (London: John Lane, 1902).
- Compassion in the highest degree is the divinest form of religion.
- "Introductory Note" to The Poetry of Pathos & Delight: From the Works of Coventry Patmore; Passages Selected by Alice Meynell (London: William Heinemann, 1906), p. xi.