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Page 13 - I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the army and the Government needed a dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain successes can set up as dictators. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship.
Page 9 - Of wounds and sore defeat I made my battle stay ; Winged sandals for my feet I wove of my delay ; Of weariness and fear, I made my shouting spear ; Of loss, and doubt, and dread, And swift oncoming doom I made a helmet for my head, And a floating plume. From the shutting mist of death, From the failure of the breath, I made a battle-horn to blow Across the vales of overthrow. O hearken, love, the battle-horn ! The triumph clear, the silver scorn ! O hearken where the echoes bring, Down the grey disastrous...
Page 14 - If you work for a man, in heaven's name work for him. If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents.
Page 13 - Burnside's command of the army you have taken counsel of your ambition and thwarted him as much as you could, in which you did a great wrong to the country and to a most meritorious and honorable brother officer.
Page 16 - Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped. To vanished joys be blind and deaf and dumb; My judgments seal the dead past with its dead; But never bind a moment yet to come. Though deep in mire, wring not your hands and weep; I lend my arm to all who say, "I can!
Page 4 - True worth is in being, not seeming; In doing each day that goes by. Some little good — not in dreaming Of great things to do by and by.
Page 13 - I believe you to be a brave and skilful soldier, which of course I like. I also believe you do not mix politics with your profession, in which you are right. You have confidence in yourself, which is a valuable, if not an indispensable quality. You are ambitious, which within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm...
Page 13 - I much fear that the spirit which you have aided to infuse into the army, of criticising their commander and withholding confidence from him, will now turn upon you. I shall assist you as far as I can to put it down. Neither you nor Napoleon, if he were alive again, could get any good out of an army while such a spirit prevails in it ; and now beware of rashness. Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.