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gnomad Great opening lines (101* d) RE: Great opening lines 07 Sep 12


"Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,        
As his corse to the rampart we hurried;        
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot        
O'er the grave where our hero we buried."

'The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna', Charles Wolfe.

"Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred."

'The charge of the Light Brigade', Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish."

'The Old Man and the Sea' Ernest Hemingway.

"Have you stood by the ocean on a diamond-hard morning,
And felt the horizon stir deep in your soul;
Watched the wake of a steamer as it cut through blue water,
Been gripped by a fever you just can't control?"

'Safe In The Harbour' Eric Bogle.


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