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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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One Thousand Best Books: The Household Guide to a Lifetime's Reading; a ...

1924 - 458 pages
...Wolfe at Quebec on the evening before he died in the battle which won an empire for his country, "I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." Gray was as good a letter-writer as he was a poet. His "Letters" are listed by ALA, Halsey, and Keller,...
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Gray: Poetry & Prose

Thomas Gray, Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith - 1926 - 206 pages
...said to have declaimed it to his officers on the eve of the battle of Quebec, and to have added : ' I would prefer being the author of that Poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow.' It was translated into the chief European languages, and had a considerable vogue in France owing to...
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A Journal of Summer Time in the Country

Robert Aris Willmott - 1928 - 244 pages
...Gray's Elegy to an officer who sat with him in the stern of the boat, adding, as he concluded—'that he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow.'" Wolfe was a young man, and on the following day was to realise the truth of one of the grandest lines...
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English Literature: A Survey and a Commentary

Francis Meehan - 1928 - 764 pages
...who, like his rival Montcalm, was to fall mortally wounded the next day, made this statement : " I would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow." The poem which Wolfe so admired was the familiar " Elegy written in a Country Churchyard," a piece...
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The English Historical Review, Volume 15

Mandell Creighton, Justin Winsor, Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Reginald Lane Poole, Sir John Goronwy Edwards - 1900 - 914 pages
...before, and was yet but little known) to an officer who sat with him in the stern of the boat ; adding, M he concluded, that ' he would prefer being the author...poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow.' This is the original account, and it is quite evident (in spite of ' not long before ') that it is...
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The English Rural Community: Image and Analysis

Brian Short - 1992 - 260 pages
...the widespread story of a century earlier that General Wolfe on the eve of storming Quebec in 1759 'would prefer being the author of that Poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow'.7 By 1882 Edmund Gosse, in his life of Gray, was terming it 'the typical piece of English...
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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations

Suzy Platt - 1992 - 550 pages
...reciting Gray's Elegy in 1759 as he rowed up the St. Lawrence [to Quebec] the night before his death, said that 'he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow,' until in 1815, in Vol. VII of the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, appeared a biography...
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Patriotism and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Dustin Griffin - 2005 - 332 pages
...of Quebec in 1759, according to a hoary legend, General James Wolfe recited the Elegy and declared that "he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." This famous anecdote dates from 1822, and reflects growing sentiment in the nineteenth century that...
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Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe

Stephen Brumwell - 2006 - 460 pages
...outposts: the general repeated virtually all of the Elegy to the officer sitting next to him in the stern, 'adding, as he concluded, that he would prefer being...poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow'. Amongst those who heard Robison tell the same story was the novelist Sir Walter Scott. In 1830, upon...
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Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada, Volume 5

George McKinnon Wrong, Hugh Hornby Langton, William Stewart Wallace - 1901 - 254 pages
...nearly the whole of Gray's ' Elegy ' to an officer who sat with him in. the stern of the boat, and added that "he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French to-morrow." This appears to be the original story. Lord Stanhope makes Wolfe address his remarks to- all the officers...
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