Thomas Osbert Mordaunt (1730–1809), a British officer and poet, is best remembered for his oft-quoted poem `The Call', written during the Seven Years' War of 1756–1763:
- "Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
- Throughout the sensual world proclaim,
- One crowded hour of glorious life
- Is worth an age without a name."
For many years, the poem was incorrectly attributed to Mordaunt's contemporary, Sir Walter Scott.
- ^ Bernard Darwin, in his introduction to the first edition of the Oxford Book of English Quotations (available online)
statue inscription in "Love is a Ball" (1963) at 51:44