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Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

May-June 2009

Paula Bonnell asks who said or wrote, "Some of it I saw, some of it I knew, some of it I was."


Karl Guthke wishes to learn the source of "...whose mind contains a world and seems for all things fram'd," quoted in Richardson's Clarissa (last volume, letter 44), but not identified in any scholarly edition.


Paul Blanchard is seeking the author of the assertion, "Nature knows no ends"--perhaps put forth in Latin originally, possibly by Spinoza.


Fowler Agenbroad hopes someone can identify the original story containing the statement, "Lucky are the few, the very few, who discover the love allotted to them from the beginning of time." He recalls these words being spoken toward the end of an episode on the children's radio show Let's Pretend in the late 1940s, and "old Welsh saying" used to describe them.


John Katz wants to track down the title and performer of a song, popular at Harvard in the 1960s, containing the lines, "It's two blocks down from Albiani's, that's where I always spend my money, at the Harvard Coop." (A Web search has suggested one possible source, the album The Harvard Lampoon Tabernacle Choir Sings at Leningrad Stadium.)