Thomas Osbert Mordaunt

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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.[1]


  1. ^ Bernard Darwin, in his introduction to the first edition of the Oxford Book of English Quotations (available online)

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statue inscription in "Love is a Ball" (1963) at 51:44