Walter Alexander Raleigh, 1861 - 1922. One of the most highly regarded of literary critics in England at the turn of the century, he was also a novelist, essayist, and biographer. At the time of his death, he was the Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford, and was engaged in research for the second volume of the official history of the Royal Air Force..
"O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hath cast out of the world and despised. Thou hast drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet!"
"All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty."
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