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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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Columbian Historical Novels, Volume 8

John Roy Musick - 1895 - 516 pages
...Gray and the " Elegy in a Country Churchyard. " Wolfe, who was a great lover of poetry, remarked : " I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow;" then, as the boat glided in silence through the darkness, he repeated : "The boast of heraldry, the...
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Practical Rhetoric

John Duncan Quackenbos - 1896 - 492 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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Stoke Poges: A Concise Account of the Church and Manor and Also of the Poet ...

Thomas Gray - 1896 - 48 pages
...Southampton-row, London, for three years. Sept. 12. — Wolfe recites the "Elegy" while being rowed to Quebec. "I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." 1760. — Lady Cobham dies. Gray corresponds with Macpherson (Ossian) ; meets Nicholls. 1762. — Returns...
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The Ridpath Library of Universal Literature ...: A Biographical ..., Volume 2

John Clark Ridpath - 1898 - 542 pages
...to those in the boat with him of the poet Gray, and his Elegy in a Country Churchyard, saying, " I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow ; " and N A HE NEW YORK '-'BLIC LIBRARY while the oars struck the river as it rippled under the flowing...
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History of the United States of America: From the Discovery of the ..., Volume 2

George Bancroft - 1898 - 602 pages
...those in the boat with him of the poet Gray, and his " Elegy in a Country Churchyard," saying, " I 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 under the flowing tide, he repeated : The boast...
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Famous Firesides of French Canada

Mary Wilson Alloway - 1899 - 268 pages
...who were to share with him victory or defeat, he said with a wistful pathos in his young voice, " I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow." He did not dream that for what that morrow would bring, his name, with that of the poet he loved, would...
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Queen of Republics: Being a Standard History of the United States, from the ...

Henry Davenport Northrop - 1899 - 1180 pages
...officers of the poet Gray, and of his " Elegy in a Country Churchyard." " I would prefer," said he, " being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." Then in a musing vr:~e he repeated the ines: "The boast of heraldy, the pomp of power, And all that...
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English Men of Letters: Pope, by Leslie Stephen, 1900; Johnson by Leslie ...

1900 - 674 pages
...of the boat nearly the whole of Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard, adding, as he concluded, " I would prefer being the author of that Poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." Perhaps no finer compliment was ever paid by the man of action to the man of imagination, and, sanctified,...
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Britain over the sea, a reader compiled by E. Lee

Elizabeth Lee - 1901 - 302 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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Alexander Pope

Leslie Stephen - 1902 - 724 pages
...of the boat nearly the whole of Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard, adding, as he concluded, " I would prefer being the author of that Poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." Perhaps no finer compliment was ever paid by the man of action to the man of imagination, and, sanctified,...
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