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Famous quotes containing the words phrase and/or melodic:

    “Poor but happy” is not a phrase invented by a poor person.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    Whose starward eye
    Saw chariot “swing low”? And who was he
    That breathed that comforting, melodic sigh,
    “Nobody knows de trouble I see”?
    James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)