Thomas Osbert Mordaunt
Thomas Osbert Mordaunt (1730–1809) was a British officer and poet, known for "The Call".
Mordaunt was the son of Charles Mordaunt, also a soldier. His grandfather, Brigadier-General Lewis Mordaunt, was the younger brother of Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, sometime First Lord of the Treasury.
Mordaunt 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. Scott had merely quoted a stanza of the poem at the beginning of Chapter 34 of his novel Old Mortality.
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