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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

4991 William Wordsworth 1770-1850 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
QUOTATION:Oh for a single hour of that Dundee
Who on that day the word of onset gave! 1
ATTRIBUTION:Sonnet, in the Pass of Killicranky.
WORKS:William Wordsworth Collection.
Note 1.
It was on this occasion [the failure in energy of Lord Mar at the battle of Sheriffmuir] that Gordon of Glenbucket made the celebrated exclamation, “Oh for an hour of Dundee!”—Mahon: History of England, vol. i. p. 184.

Oh for one hour of blind old Dandolo,
The octogenarian chief, Byzantium’s conquering foe!
Lord Byron: Childe Harold, canto iv. stanza 12. [back]