Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

(14 March 1844 – 30 January 1881 / London)

Quotations

  • ''We, in the ages lying
    In the buried past of the earth,
    Built Nineveh with our sighing,
    And Babel itself with our mirth;''
    Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''For each age is a dream that is dying,
    Or one that is coming to birth.''
    Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 23-24). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''We are the music-makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams,
    Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
    And sitting by desolate streams;
    World-losers and world-forsakers,
    On whom the pale moon gleams:''
    Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''With wonderful deathless ditties
    We build up the world's great cities,''
    Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 9-10). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''One man with a dream, at pleasure,
    Shall go forth and conquer a crown;''
    Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), British poet. Ode (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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Ode

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

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