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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Tenor
 
Along the cool sequester’d vale of life,
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
        Gray.—Elegy.
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Through the sequester’d vale of rural life,
The venerable patriarch guileless held
The tenor of his way.
        Dr. Porteus.—Death, a Poem, Line 109. The idea is Gray’s; he began his Elegy in the Autumn of 1742, when Porteus was only eleven years of age.
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