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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 Ridpath Library of Universal Literature: A Biographical and ..., Volume 2

John Clark Ridpath - 1903 - 534 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 y :PK while the oars struck the river as it rippled under the flowing tide, he repeated : The...
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Lives of the English Poets: Swift-Lyttelton

Samuel Johnson - 1905 - 582 pages
...feeling, repeated nearly the whole of the Elegy to an officer who sat with him in the stern, adding that " he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." ' John Playfair's Works, 1822, iv. 126. 3 'JOHNSON. His Elegy has a happy selection of images, but...
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Our Country: A History of the United States, from the Discovery of ..., Volume 2

Benson John Lossing - 1905 - 352 pages
...glory leads but to the grave." " Now, gentlemen," said Wolfe, as he closed the verse, " I would prefer the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." In the darkness, sixteen hundred troops landed at Wolfe's Cove, and others speedily followed. The general...
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The Leisure Hour, Volume 32

1883 - 800 pages
...the capture of Quebec was given in the "Quarterly Review," vol. 94, page 36, in these words : — " I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of taking Quebec to-morrow." In the " Leisure Hour," page 60, the name of Wolfe is misspelt so as to read...
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The Real America in Romance: With Reading Courses, Being a ..., Volume 8

John Roy Musick - 1907 - 526 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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1730-1784

Charles Wells Moulton - 1910 - 616 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 tomorrow. ' ' Perhaps no finer compliment was ever paid by the man of action to the man of imagination, and,...
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Standard Classics with Biographical Sketches and Helpful Notes: Arranged and ...

1910 - 408 pages
...while visiting his ships the night before the taking of Quebec, spoke of Gray's Elegy, and said, "I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." And he then repeated the stanza beginning, "The boast of heraldry." The form of the poem is perfect....
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The Story of the United States

Marie Louise Herdman - 1916 - 546 pages
...that had been lately sent to him from England. It was Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. "I would prefer being the author of that poem, to the glory of beating the French to-morrow!" he exclaimed. The courage that made it possible for him to think of poetry, amid the excitement of...
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The Warner Library, Volume 3

Charles Dudley Warner, John William Cunliffe, Ashley Horace Thorndike, Harry Morgan Ayres, Helen Rex Keller, Gerhard Richard Lomer - 1917 - 712 pages
...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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A Bibliography of Thomas Gray

Clark Sutherland Northup - 1917 - 322 pages
...Same. 1854. HU, colu, YU Gray's Elegy and other poems. | The | poetical works | of Thomas Gray. | "I would prefer being the author of that Poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." — | GENERAL WOLFE, the night before the capture of Que- \ bee, Sept. 13, 1759. | "Poetry, poetry,...
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