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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Chapman, Augustus, H. 'Augustus H. Chapman to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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Note from page 135: 2. These lines are from the first two stanzas of a hymn by Isaac Watts, "The Shortness of Life, and the Goodness of God," which appears as no. 58 in book 2 of Watts's Hymns and Spritual Songs (1707). The first two stanzas are as follows: "Time! What an empty Vapour 'tis! / And Days how swift they are! / Swift as an Indian Arrow flies, / Or like a shooting Star. // The present Moments just appear, / Then slide away in haste, / That we can never say, They're here, / But only say, They're past." See Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707 — 1748, ed. Selma L. Bishop (London, 1962), 220 — 21.

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Chapman, Augustus, H. 'Augustus H. Chapman to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon135b.html
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