Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
- a poem (1750) by Thomas Gray.
“Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
(1751) An enduringly popular poem by the English poet Thomas Gray. It contains the lines “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen / And waste its sweetness on the desert air,” “The paths of glory lead but to the grave,” and “far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife / Their sober wishes never learned to stray.”