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Old Jan 7 2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default Quote at beginning of the Skies of Pern.

I've been wondering for the past while where the quote at the beginning of the Skies of Pern is from:

Ours not to ponder what were fair in Life
But, finding what may be,
Makeit fair up to our means

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Jan 7 2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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It's an excerpt from a peom by Robert Browning called Bishop Blougram's Apology.
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Old Jan 8 2010, 04:24 AM   #3

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I like the line (and a half) ...

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That quote (the first one, not P'ter's) was first mentioned in DE/RSR, when they were scrambling to figure out how they would be able to get by with the loss of what technology they still had.
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