Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' quotations

'The curfew tolls the knell of parting day...
...the lowing heard wind slowly o'er the lea, the plowman homeward plods his weary way, and leaves the world to darkness and to me'
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'all the air..
..a solemn stillness holds'
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'now fades the..
..glimmering landscape'
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'drowsy tinklings..
..lull the distant folds'
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'beneath those rugged elms..
..that yew tree's shade'
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'each in his narrow cell..
..forever laid the rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep'
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'the breezy call..
..of incense breathing Morn'
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'the ****'s shrill clarion..
..or the echoing horn no more shall rouse them from their lowly bed'
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'no more the blazing..
..hearth shall burn'
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'busy housewife...
..ply her evening care'
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'no children .. to lisp their sire's return'
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'or climb his knees..
..the endless kiss to share'
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'oft did the harvest.. their sickle yield'
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'how jocund..
..did they drive their team afield!'
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'how bow'd the woods..
..beneath their sturdy stroke!'
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'Let not Ambition mock their useful toil...
...their homely joys and destiny obscure, nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile, the short and simple annals of the poor'
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'The boast of heraldry,..
..the pomp of power'
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'await alike th' inevitable hour..
..the paths of the glory lead but to the grave'
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'nor you, ye proud, impute These to fault...
...the fault in Mem'ry
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'can storied urn or animated bust..
..back to the mansion draw its fleeting breath? Can Honour's voice provoke the silent dust of Flatt'ry solve the dull cold ear of death?'
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'Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;..
..hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd or wak'd to ecstasy the living lyre?'
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'Chill Penury repress'd their noble rage..
..and froze the genial current of the soul'
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'full many a gem of purest ray serene..
...the darkest caves of ocean bear, full many a flower is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness on the desert air'
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'Some mute inglorious Milton..
..some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood'
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'to scatter plenty o'er a smiling land..
..and read their hist'ry in a nation's eyes'
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'their crimes..
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'heap the shrine..
..of Luxury and Pride'
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'far from..
..the madding crowd's ignoble strife'
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'some frail memorial..
..still erected nigh'
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'implores the passing tribute..
..of a sigh'
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'that teach the rustic..
..moralist to die'
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'for who to dumb Forgetfullness a prey..
..left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, nor cast one longing ling'ring look behind'
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'on some fond breast the parting soul relies..
..some pious drops the closing eye requires'
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'ev'n in our Ashes..
..lives their wonted fires'
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'If chance, by lonely contemplation led..
..some kindred Spirit shall inquire thy fate'
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'pore upon the brook..
..that babbles by'
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'drooping, woeful wan.. one forlorn, or craz'd with care, or cross'd in hopeless love'
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'one more I miss'd him..
....on the custom'd hill'
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'slow thro' the church way path..
...we saw him born'
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..mark'd him for his own'
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'no father seek..
..his merits to disclose the bosom of his father and his god'
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..a solemn stillness holds'


'all the air..

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..glimmering landscape'


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..lull the distant folds'


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..that yew tree's shade'


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