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" How beautiful is death when earned by virtue ! Who would not be that youth ? What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country... "
Bell's British Theatre: Douglas, by J. Home. ... The alchymist, altered from ... - Sida 75
1797
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Public Lives, Private Virtues: Images of American Revolutionary War Heroes ...

Christopher Harris - 2000 - 178 sidor
...beautiful is death," Cato exclaims, "when earn'd by virtue! / Who would not be that youth [who died]? What pity is it / That we can die but once to serve our country." This sentiment greatly appealed to American patriots, and the play was often performed during the war....
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Enlightenment and Community

Benjamin W. Redekop, Professor Benjamin W Redekop - 2000 - 263 sidor
...by English writers at the time. The frontispiece, after all, features a quote from Addison's Cato: "What pity is it, That we can die but once to serve our country." shifting alliances bespoke the imminent resumption of hostilities, causing Frederick pre-emptively...
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Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C., Del 3

Jeffrey F. Meyer - 2001 - 354 sidor
...in America during the Revolutionary period. Washington had it performed at Valley Forge.34 The line "What pity is it / That we can die but once to serve our country! " may have been the source of the famous exclamation attributed to Patrick Henry. For Washington, the...
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From Colonies to Country, 1735-1791

Joy Hakim - 2002 - 160 sidor
...for my country." Hale was paraphrasing a popular English essayist, Joseph Addison, who wrote, "What a pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country." Male's bravery made him a hero. In this engraving an artist imagines the scene, with British Major...
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Patriotism: Quotations from Around the World

Herb Galewitz - 2003 - 64 sidor
...of the people. What object more pleasing than this can be presented to the human mind? SAMUEL ADAMS What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country. JOSEPH ADDISON Love of country is like love of woman — he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her...
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Washington's Crossing

David Hackett Fischer - 2006 - 576 sidor
...Addison's Cato, the great model for American Whigs: How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue! Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country. British officers were moved by Nathan Hale's "gentle dignity," even as they left his body dangling...
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The American Aeneas: Classical Origins of the American Self

John C. Shields - 2004 - 478 sidor
...resemble those spoken by Cato as this paragon of Roman republicanism greets the corpse of his son Marcus: "What pity is it/ that we can die but once to serve our country!" (1V.iv.81 -82 )?-S It is easy to conclude that Addison's play fascinated American readers and audiences....
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The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Inspirational Quotes

Wendy Toliver - 2004 - 511 sidor
...woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. — George William Curtis What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country! — /iw/j/r Addison Up, men, and to your posts! Don't forget today that you are from Old Virginia....
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The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When

Ralph Keyes - 2007 - 416 sidor
...student, Hale was known to be fond of Joseph Addison's 1713 play Cato. This play included the lines "What pity is it / That we can die but once to serve our country." Addison is a more likely source of this quote than Hale or Hull. Verdict: Credit Joseph Addison for...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - 2006 - 1067 sidor
...himself, blackens all the water about him till he becomes invisible. The Spectator no. 476, 5 Sept. 1712 3 to spring. Quoted in Daily Mail (London), 13 Sept. 1989 Lynn F Cato act 4, sc. 4 (1713) See Nathan Hale 1 4 "We are always doing," says he, "something for Posterity,...
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