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ARDELIA COTTON BARTON QUOTES

Love's tendrils round the heart doth twine,
As round the oak doth cling the vine.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Love's Language"

Who gives his life to duty
Will hardships ever find,
And many, many crosses,
And roads that devious wind.
Awaiting him seems Pleasure
At every turn of road;
But Duty stands as sentinel,
With lash and whip to goad.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Duty"

For consequences of past sin,
Effect doth ever follow cause;
If we sow tares, we reap not grain,
For such are Nature's laws.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Sin Will Leave Its Scars"

A fickle goddess Thought at times--
Try ne'er so hard we catch her not.
We try to think: 'tis all in vain--
Imprisoned never is a thought.
Like lightning flashing through the clouds,
It comes--a light, and then is gone,
A star which falls adown through space,
Again it comes as morning dawn.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "What is Thought?"

Thought is the parent. If error has crept in among the little thoughts, and the children have become disobedient and refractory, it is not the parent's fault. Nor must you blame the children either; they are young yet, and you must not expect too much of them.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

When soul to soul can message send--
Dispatched from mind to mind--
All nations will be swayed by thought,
And thought will rule mankind.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Love is the master of our lives,
And, e'en though happy subjects we,
We're governed by his scepter strong
Through time and through eternity.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Love's Melody"

And that past is ever present,
Ever present in my heart,
Filling it with sweetest love-thoughts,
As I tread the world's wide mart.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

We're ever making plans for life,
But seldom plans for death,
Though death we know must come to us,
And life is but a breath.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Much too oft we make life gloomy--
When happy we might be,
If we gathered more of sunshine,
And not dark shadows see.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Oh, so soon we'd tire of sunshine,
If there were never night.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Love's language everywhere is known.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Love's Language"

O Fame! A bubble on life's wave,
'Tis tossed about, a worthless thing;
The bubble breaks--'tis lost for aye,
But leaves on heart a poignant sting....
You cut your name on granit block;
As ages come and pass away,
Disintegrated is the stone,
For all in nature must decay.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Upon the roadway of my life,
A guide-board I will leave of love,
So those who follow in my steps
May guided be to hills above.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Love's Guide-Board"

Tomorrow gives a beck'ning hand--
I turn my face away;
I'll not invite her to my home--
I only love Today.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Today"

We often weep beneath Love's cross,
But when she calls we her obey.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Love's Guide-Board"

Dark should torch of Truth be never,
For it burns with love divine.
Light it should all people, nations,
In our hearts should be its shrine.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Truth's Torch"

Though cares and sorrows e'er must come,
Though heart be rent,
I know that God will give me strength,
When mine is spent.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "The Peace That Passeth Understanding"

True love begins in heaven's bower,
Unfolds on earth a perfect flower.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Love's Language"

The burdens of life I'll take up now,
But never my heart will they stain.
If sorrows of earth fit me for heaven,
No reason have I to complain.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "No Reason Have We to Complain"

Sweet Truth is a queen proud and mighty--
Her throne is in heaven above.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Scorn ye not the little things,
For life is made from them.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Little Things"

If we drink from the fountain of wisdom,
We thirst for its waters e'ermore.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Store well Life's sheaves, the grains of thought--
Your harvest will be good,
If sheaves are bound by ties of love,
And evil you've withstood.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Gathering of the Sheaves"

We grasp at Time, but cannot hold
One minute of his treasured hour;
He tarries not, though oft we pray
That he will rest in youth's bright bower.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Time's Ravages"

Life divine! O life eternal!
Man cannot translate the thought.
Strong the chain that God hath welded;
Link on link hath chain been wrought.
Fabric new each day is woven,
Woven it on God's own loom.
We the threads can ne'er unravel,
Hidden they in Nature's womb.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Dost Thou Know?"

O happy childhood! blessed youth!
But once we know thy potent power;
But once we live all careless free;
No cross to mar our love-lit bower.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Heart-Yearnings"

Love speaks a language most sublime,
Its idioms known in every clime.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Love's Language"

Time ever mocks all youthful hopes;
He laughs at ever plan youth makes;
He buries fame and honor deep
In grave of hope--too late youth wakes.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, "Time's Ravages"


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