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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Thomas Gray. (1716–1771) (continued)
 
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    Full many a gem of purest ray serene
  The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear;
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
  And waste its sweetness on the desert air. 1
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 14.
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    Some village Hampden, that with dauntless breast
  The little tyrant of his fields withstood,
Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest,
  Some Cromwell guiltless of his country’s blood.
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 15.
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    The applause of list’ning senates to command,
  The threats of pain and ruin to despise,
To scatter plenty o’er a smiling land,
  And read their history in a nation’s eyes.
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 16.
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    Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne,
  And shut the gates of mercy on mankind.
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 17.
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    Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife
  Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray;
Along the cool sequester’d vale of life
  They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. 2
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 19.
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    Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 20.
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    And many a holy text around she strews,
  That teach the rustic moralist to die.
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 21.
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    For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey,
  This pleasing anxious being e’er resign’d,
Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day,
  Nor cast one longing ling’ring look behind?
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 22.
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    E’en from the tomb the voice of nature cries,
  E’en in our ashes live their wonted fires. 3
          Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 23.
 
Note 1.
See Young, Quotation 66.

Nor waste their sweetness in the desert air.—Charles Churchill: Gotham, book ii. line 20. [back]
Note 2.
Usually quoted “even tenor of their way.” [back]
Note 3.
See Chaucer, Quotation 25. [back]
 

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