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B. 1837 D. 1909
In a coign of the cliff between lowland and highland, at the sea-down's edge between windward and lee, walled round with rocks as an inland island, the ghost of a garden fronts the sea. - Algernon Swinburne 'A Forsaken Garden'
B. 1849 D. 1903
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. - W.E Henley 'Invictus'
B. 1828 D. 1909
Around the ancient track march?d, rank on rank, the army of unalterable law. - George Meredith 'Lucifer In Starlight'
B. 1759 D. 1796
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee, warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee. - Robert Burns 'Song: ae fond kiss and then we sever'
B. 1774 D. 1843
Why that I cannot tell, said he, "But 'twas a famous victory." - Robert Southey, 'After Blenheim'
B. 1757 D. 1800
Oh! let each mental feature proclaim the labour of the mind, and leave your charms to NATURE. - Mary Robinson, 'Female Fashions For 1799'
B. 1791 D. 1823
Slowly and sadly we laid him down, from the field of his fame fresh and gory; we carved not a line, and we raised not a stone - but left him alone with his glory. - Charles Wolfe, 'The Burial of Sir John Moore After Corunna'
B. 1771 D. 1832
The owl from the steeple sing, 'Welcome, proud lady.' - Walter Scott 'Proud Maisie'
B. 1640 D. 1689
A thousand martyrs I have made, all sacrificed to my desire. - Aphra Behn 'A Thousand Martyrs'
B. 1793 D. 1835
With mast, and helm, and pennon fair, that well had borne their part - but the noblest thing which perish?d there, was that young faithful heart. - Felicia Hemans 'Casabianca'