| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Stephen Vincent Benét (18981943)|
|QUOTATION:||But not the first Illusion, the new earth,|
The march upon the solitary fire,
The casting of the dice of death and birth
Against a giant, for a blind desire,
The stream uncrossed, the promise still untried,
The metal sleeping in the mountainside.
|ATTRIBUTION:||STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT, Western Star, prelude, section 3, stanza 6, pp. 78 (1943).|
The last two lines were quoted by Senator George McGovern in his remarks nominating R. Sargent Shriver as his vice presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket, in a television address from the Capitol, August 5, 1972.