Sound, Sound The Clarion Poem by Sir Walter Scott

Sound, Sound The Clarion

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Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
To all the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name.

Bill Wright 06 September 2016

Whoever wrote it, it is not a bad motto for life.

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Geoffrey Plowden 14 April 2016

As a further comment, I believe that age in the last line has the meaning of lifetime, which it could bear in those days. It makes better sense. To get this sense in Latin, read vita for saecla in the last line.

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Geoffrey Plowden 10 December 2015

Yes, Scott did not claim it, but people thought it was one of the things that he wrote without claiming them. He used it as a chapter-heading. I've put it into Latin: Flet lituus, pleno flet nuntia tibia cornu: accipiat, cuicui sensus in orbe datus: PLUS VALET HORA BREVIS CLARAE CELEBERRRIMA VITAE QUAM QUAE LONGA SUO NOMINE SAECLA CARENT.

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James Gillard 04 July 2015

Don't want to be a party pooper, but this poem wasn't written by SWS. He quoted it in a novel he wrote. It was actually written by Thomas Osbert Mourdant 1700's.

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Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott

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