Thomas Gray

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(1716-1771) English Poet, professor of history at Cambridge
Source: http://www.geocities.com/~spanoudi/poems/poem-gh.html#gray

Taking my cue from the entry for Edmund Spenser, I'll just share a couple of my favorite quotes. <>< Tim Chambers

From "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College":

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To each his suff'rings: all are men,
Condemn'd alike to groan,
The tender for another's pain;
Th' unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.

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From "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard:"

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For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,
Or busy housewife ply her evening care:
No children run to lisp their sire's return,
Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.

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