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Philip James Bailey

1816–1902. English poet.

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At a Glance

Rilla of Ingleside (1)

Festus: A Poem (1839 poem)

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most – feels the noblest – acts the best.
Life’s but a means unto an end – that end,
Beginning, mean and end to all things – God. (p. 49)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 5 (“we should count time by heart-throbs”).

Source

Philip James Bailey, Festus: A Poem, fifth edition (London: Chapman and Hall, 1854), p. 49. Online at https://archive.org/details/festuspoem00bailuoft/.