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|The parenthesis quotes an epigrammatic line by John Greenleaf Whittier. It reads |
in full: "For of all sad words of tongue or pen/ The saddest are these: "It might
have been!" ("Maud Muller" 1894: 336). The theme of remorse as a determinative
|625 Saddest, — Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: "It |
might have been," Whittier, Maud Muller, st, 53' Safety-valve, — So she came
tearin' along that night — The oldest craft on the line — With a nigger squat on
|WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, SHERIFF DAN RHODES HAD BEEN |
compelled to memorize poetry. ... rhyming lines he remembered were a couple
that went “of all sad words Of tongue or pen / The saddest are these: 'It might
|The jQes We .Qearn in Our Touth The world for a great many years has accepted |
the didtum of the poet, that — Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are
these : It might have been. Even those people who refused to accept the rhyme ...
|When he returns he has a sailor's scorn for Sarah's stylish boots, dress, and |
behavior. ... 8 Bret Harte's parody— If, of all words of tongue and pen, The
saddest are, “It might have been,” More sad are these we daily see: “It is, but
hadn't ought to ...
|This sense of lost potential is perhaps best captured in the words often attributed |
to Kipling, but actually penned by John Greenleaf Whittier: “For of all sad words of
tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'” 4 “For of all sad ...
|“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'” |
John Greenleaf Whittier “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalms “For of
all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, "It might have been!
|Whittier's theme was actually about the lost dreams of youth, but his plot line set |
him up for easy ridicule, especially of his conclusion that “For of all sad words of
tongue or pen,/ the saddest are these: 'It might have been!'” Whittier's poem told