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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8025
AUTHOR:James Jeffrey Roche (1847–1908)
QUOTATION:The love of man and woman is as fire
  To warm, to light, but surely to consume
  And self-consuming die…
But comrade-love is as a welding blast
  Of candid flame and ardent temperature:
  Glowing more fervent, it doth bind more fast;
And melting both but makes the union sure.
The dross alone is burnt—till at the last
The steel, if cold, is one and strong and pure.
ATTRIBUTION:My Comrade.
 

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