Johann Martin Usteri

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Johann Martin Usteri (14 February 176329 July 1827) was a Swiss poet, noted for has narrative poetry and his idyls. He was one of the earliest German poets to write poems in his native Zürich dialect; among these, his Vicar holds the foremost place.


  • 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).
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