|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|George Crabbe. (17541832) (continued)|
| Time has touched me gently in his race,|
And left no odious furrows in my face. 1
| Tales of the Hall. Book xvii. The Widow.|
|George Barrington. (1755c. 1804)|
| True patriots all; for be it understood|
We left our country for our countrys good. 2
| Prologue written for the Opening of the Play-house at New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796.|
|Henry Lee. (17561818)|
| To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.|
| Memoirs of Lee. Eulogy on Washington, Dec. 26, 1799. 3|
|J. P. Kemble. (17571823)|
| Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,|
Butwhy did you kick me down stairs? 4
| The Panel. Act i. Sc. 1.|
Touch us gently, Time.Bryan W. Procter: Touch us gently, Time.
Time has laid his hand
Upon my heart, gently.
Henry W. Longfellow: The Golden Legend, iv. [back]
See Farquhar, Quotation 3. [back]
To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens.Resolutions presented to the United States House of Representatives, on the Death of Washington, December, 1799.
The eulogy was delivered a week later. Marshall, in his Life of Washington, vol. v. p. 767, says in a note that these resolutions were prepared by Colonel Henry Lee, who was then not in his place to read them. General Robert E. Lee, in the Life of his father (1869), prefixed to the Report of his fathers Memoirs of the War of the Revolution, gives (p. 5) the expression fellow-citizens; but on p. 52 he says: But there is a line, a single line, in the Works of Lee which would hand him over to immortality, though he had never written another: First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen will last while language lasts. [back]
Altered from Bickerstaffs T is Well t is no Worse. The lines are also found in Debretts Asylum for Fugitive Pieces, vol. i. p. 15. [back]