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" The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour — The paths of glory lead but to the grave. "
The Works of John Playfair ...: With a Memoir of the Author ... - Page 125
by John Playfair - 1822
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The Quebec Guide: Comprising an Historical and Descriptive Account of the ...

Alfred Hawkins - 1844 - 234 pages
...with much feeling, repeated nearly the whole of Gray's Elegy, which had recently appeared, and was but little known, to an officer who sat with him in...poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." On his return from Quebec he was to have been married to a most amiable and accomplished lady, Catherine,...
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Lectures on the English Poets

English poets - 1847 - 144 pages
...recited, as the boat sailed along, the whole Elegy to the officer who sat next to him, adding, " I would prefer being the author of that " poem to the glory of beating the French to" morrow."* Sir James Mackintosh considers that Gray attained the highest degree of splendour of...
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A Journal of Summer Time in the Country

Robert Eldridge Aris Willmott - 1849 - 256 pages
...— " As they rowed along, the General, with much feeling, repeated nearly the whole of Gray's Elegy to an officer who sat with him in the stern of the...poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow.'" Wolfe was a young man, and on the following day was to realize the truth of one of the grandest lines...
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American Monthly Knickerbocker, Volume 36

1850 - 600 pages
...officer, who sat with him in the stern of the boat, adding, as he concluded, that he would prefer to be the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow. How soon were verified the plaints of that Elegy : ' The paths of glory lend but to lire grave.' But...
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Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 31

Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith - 1852 - 742 pages
...to those in the boat with him of the poet Gray, and the " Elegy in a Country Churchyard." ' I,' said he,' would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow ;' and while the oars struck the river as it rippled in the silence of the night air under the flowing...
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Eclectic Magazine, and Monthly Edition of the Living Age, Volume 31

John Holmes Agnew, Walter Hilliard Bidwell - 1854 - 608 pages
...Churchyard." Upon concluding the recitation, he said to his companions in arms, "Now, gentlemen, I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow !" Connected with the same great event is an extract from a letter of Jan. 23, 1760 : The officer who...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 94

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray (IV), Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - 1854 - 632 pages
...Churchyard.' Upon concluding the recitation, he said to his companions in arms, ' Now, gentlemen, I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow !' Connected with the same great event is an extract from a letter of Jan. 23, 1760 ;— ' The officer...
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The Complete Poetical Works of William Collins, Thomas Gray, and Oliver ...

William Collins - 1854 - 430 pages
...repeated this elegy to his companions. On concluding its recitation, he exclaimed, " Now, gentlemen, I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow ! " Such was the impression Gray produced when he handled subjects that touched the feelings and passions...
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European Historical Collections: Comprising England, Scotland, with Holland ...

John Warner Barber - 1855 - 608 pages
...repeated this Elegy. Upon conludmgthe recitation, he said to his companions in arms, " Now, gentlemen, I would prefer being the author of that poem, to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." This Elegy, like Gray's other poems, appears to have been much elaborated in thought, and subject to...
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The History of Canada: From Its First Discovery to the Present Time

John Mercier McMullen - 1855 - 552 pages
...beautiful legacy he gave the world in his il Elegy in a Country Church-yard." " I would prefer," said he, " being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow;" and, while the cautious dip of the oars into the rippling current alone broke the stillness of the...
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