Can we not force from widowed poetry, Now thou art dead, great Donne, one elegy To crown thy hearse?thomas carew: 1633 'An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of Paul's, Dr. John Donne'.
It seems to me that, with but slight reserve and modification, we may apply to our departed friend his own pathetic and beautiful elegy upon another.samuel laman blanchard: see Eloquent Pastor Dead by Samuel Laman Blanchard as follows...Edward Bulwer-Lytton ibid.
Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age.josé rizal: "Los Viajes"
Wheresoe'er I turn my view, All is strange, yet nothing new: Endless labor all along, Endless labor to be wrong: Phrase that Time has flung away; Uncouth words in disarray, Trick'd in antique ruff and bonnet, Ode, and elegy, and sonnet.Samuel Johnson, Parody of the style of Thomas Warton. See Croker's note to Boswell's Life of Johnson (18 September 1777), also in Mrs. Piozzi's Anecdotes.
I am constantly filled with admiration at this – at the way you can wander through a town like Oxford and in the space of a few hundred yards pass the home of Christopher Wren, the buildings where Halley found his comet and Boyle his first law, the track where Roger Banister ran the first sub-four minute mile, the meadow where Lewis Carroll strolled; or how you can stand on Snow's Hill at Windsor and see, in a single sweep, Windsor Castle, the playing fields of Eton, the churchyard where Gray wrote his 'Elegy,' the site The Merry Wives of Windsor was first performed. Can there anywhere on earth be, in such a modest span, a landscape more packed with centuries of busy, productive attainment?Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island.
We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say "We must not wage war." It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace. ... We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war. Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a "peace race". If we have the will and determination to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment.Martin Luther King, Jr, in his Nobel lecture (11 December 1964).