The Worth of a Thing is Known by the Want of It

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“See here three men engaged in mortal strife; / Two fell assassins seek the lone man’s life, / But he, with skill, wards off the murderous blow, / Wielding his sword they cannot him o’erthrow: / But ah! at this, his time of utmost need, / His sword is broke - thus ‘tis so decreed: / Poor man! he can defend himself no more, / His life is taken, and the conflict’s o’er."—Barber, 1857


Groups of Men


Barber, John W. The Handbook of Illustrated Proverbs (New York, NY: George F. Tuttle, 1857)


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