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As one lamp lights another, nor grows less,So nobleness enkindleth nobleness.

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Source Notes: Source: JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Yussouf, lines 1718, The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell, p. 376 .Inscription above the statue of Art, Main Reading Room, Library of Congress. The inscription was selected by Charles W. Eliot, president of Harvard.

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James Russell Lowell (February 22, 1819 - August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.

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