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A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

Victorian Religion

Dying Sayings by Famous People

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Famous People Dying Sayings

  • Tate de l’armee – Napoleon.
  • I have loved God, my father, liberty. – De Stael.
  • Let me die to the sound of delicious music - Mirabeau.
  • Is this your fidelity? – Nero.
  • I must sleep now – Byron.
  • Kiss me, Hardy – Nelson.
  • Don’t give up the ship – Lawrence.
  • I’m shot if I don’t believe I’m dying – Thurlow.
  • Clasp my hand, my dear friend, I die – Alfieri.
  • God preserve the emperor – Haydn.
  • The artery ceases to beat – Haller.
  • Let the light enter – Goethe.
  • All my possessions for a moment of time – Elizabeth.
  • What, is there no bribing death. – Beaufort.
  • Monks, monks, monks! – Henry VIII.
  • Be serious – Grotius.
  • I feel as if I were myself again – Walter Scott.
  • It is well – Washington.
  • Independence forever – Adams.
  • A dying man can do nothing easy – Franklin.
  • Don’t let poor Netty starve. – Charles II.
  • I have endeavoured to do my duty. – Taylor.
  • There is not a drop of blood on my hand – Frederick V.
  • I resign my soul to God, my daughter to my country – Jefferson.
  • It is the last of earth. J.Q. Adams.
  • Don’t let that awkward squad fire over my grave. – Burns.
  • Lord, make haste – H. Hammond.
  • Precious salvation. Sir J Stonehouse.
  • I have sent for you (Lord Warwick) to see how a Christian can die – Addison.
  • I shall be happy – Archbishop Sharpe.
  • God’s will be done. – Bishop Ren.
  • Amen. – Bishop Bull
  • I have peace – Parkhurst.
  • Come, Lord Jesus – Burkill.
  • I thank God I was brought up in the Church of England. – Bishop Gunning.
  • O Lord, forgive me specially me sins of omission. – Usher.
  • Lord, receive my spirit. – Ferrar, Grammer, Hooper, H Herbert.
  • Thy will be done. – Donne.
  • This day let me see the Lord Jesus. – Jewell
  • And is this death? – George IV.
  • Lord, take my spirit – Edward VI.
  • What! do the run already? Then I die happy. – Wolfe.
  • God bless you, my dear (Miss Morris) – Dr. Johnson.
  • What I cannot utter with my mouth, accept Lord, from my heart and soul. – F Quarles.
  • Then I am safe. – Cromwell.
  • Let the earth be filled with His Glory. – James, Earl of Derby, Bishop of Broughton.
  • I go to my God and Saviour – P. Heylyn.
  • My days are past as a shadow that returns not. – R. Hooker.
  • Let me hear once more those notes, so long my solace and delight – Mozart.
  • I wish the true principles of government carried out; I ask no more. - Harrison.
  • For my coming down, let me shift for myself (on the seaffold) – Sir T. More.
  • In me behold the end of this world with all its vanities. – Sir P. Sydney.

Further details on some of the famous people in the above 19th century newspaper article
Name BD Date Nationality Famous For
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 French Military and political leader of France
Anne Louise Germaine de Stael 1766-1817 French French-speaking Swiss author who influenced literary tastes in Europe
Lord Byron 1788-1824 British Poet
Lord Nelson 1758-1805 British British Admiral during conflict with France (Napoleon Bonaparte)
Edward Thurlow, 1st Baron Thurlow 1731-1806 British Lawyer and Tory politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
Vittorio Alfieri 1749-1803 Italian Dramatist
Joseph Haydn 1732-1809 Austrian Composer
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832 German Poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher
Elizabeth I 1533-1603 English Queen of England
Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort 1774-1857 Irish Devised the Beaufort Wind Force Scale
Henry VIII 1491-1547 English King of England
Hugo Grotius 1583-1645 Dutch Laid the foundations for International Law
Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832 Scottish Historical novelist, playwright, and poet
George Washington 1732-1799 American First President of the United States of America
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790 American A Founding Father of the United States of America
Charles II 1630-1685 English King (Monarch) of England, Scotland and Ireland
Frederick V 1723-1766 Danish King of Denmark and Norway from 1746
Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826 American Founding Father of the United States, principle author of the United States Declaration of Independence, and third President of the United States of America
John Quincy Adams 1767-1848 American Sixth President of the United States of America
Robert Burns 1759-1796 Scottish Poet
Joseph Addison 1672-1719 English Poet and Playwright
Archbishop Sharpe 1613-1679 Scottish Archbishop of St Andrews, Scotland
Bishop Bull (George Bull) 1634-1710 English Bishop of St David's, Wales
Bishop Gunning (Peter Gunning) 1614-1684 English Bishop of Chichester and later Ely
Nicholas Ferrar 1592-1637 English Deacon, Church of England (English scholar and businessman)
John Donne 1572-1631 English Poet
George IV 1762-1830 English King of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Edward VI 1537-1553 English King of England and Ireland
Major General James P Wolfe 1727-1759 English British Army officer, training reforms and victory over the French in Canada
Dr. Johnson (Samuel Johnson) 1709-1784 English Author and poet
Francis Quarles 1592-1644 English Poet
Oliver Cromwell 1599-1658 English Military and political leader who overthrew the English Monarchy
Peter Heylin (Heylyn) 1599-1662 English Author
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 German Composer (Classical era)
Sir Thomas More 1478-1535 English Social philosopher, councilor to Henry VIII and strong supporter of the Humanist movement in the Renaissance period
Sir Philip Sydney 1554-1586 English Poet