The Truly Great: A Discourse Appropriate to the Life and Character of John Quincy Adams

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A. Tompkins, 1848 - Belief and doubt - 16 pages
 

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Page 15 - The glories of our blood and state Are shadows, not substantial things ; There is no armour against fate ; Death lays his icy hand on kings : Sceptre and crown Must tumble down, And in the dust be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade. Some men with swords may reap the field, And plant fresh laurels where they kill : But their strong nerves at last must yield ; They tame but one another still : Early or late They stoop to fate, And must give up their murmuring breath When they, pale captives,...
Page 3 - And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?

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