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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4188
AUTHOR:Thomas Gray (1716–1771)
QUOTATION:Can storied urn, or animated bust,
  Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath?
Can honour’s voice provoke the silent dust,
  Or flatt’ry soothe the dull cold ear of death?
ATTRIBUTION:Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 11.
 

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