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Томас Грей

Дата рождения: 26. Декабрь 1716
Дата смерти: 30. Июль 1771

Томас Грей — английский поэт-сентименталист XVIII века, предшественник романтизма, историк литературы.


„Лучший из людей, если б у него на лбу были написаны совершенные им ошибки, должен был бы нахлобучить шляпу на глаза.“

„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.“
An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard


„[... ] where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.“

„Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.“ Selected Poems

„The paths of glory lead but to the grave.“ An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

„Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen
And waste its sweetness on the desert air"


A good many flowers bloom and fade away in deserted places, seen by no one.
In its context in Thomas Gray's "Elegy" it is actually a metaphor for common folk who do heroic things that are never reported in the news or recorded in history. Like a precious stone unmined at the bottom of the ocean or a beautiful flower blooming in the deep woods, their work may not be seen or known, but it is nevertheless heroic. Rubies and roses are beautiful, Gray would say, whether anyone ever sees them or not.“

„The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave
Awaits alike the inevitable hour:
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.“

„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.“
The complete English poems of Thomas Gray


„Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn.“

„The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Awaits alike th' inevitable hour. The paths of glory lead but to the grave.“

„The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,/
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,/
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,/
And leaves the world to darkness and to me./“

„Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
A youth to Fortune and Fame unknown.“


„From hence, ye Beauties, undeceiv'd,
Know one false step is ne'er retriev'd,
And be with caution bold.
Not all that tempts your wand'ring eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize;
Nor all, that glisters, gold.“
Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat

„Here rests his head upon the lap of earth
A youth to fortune and to fame unknown.
Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth,
And Melancholy marked him for her own.“
An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

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