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was dearer to him than his life. England may well feel proud of having
produced so noble and so unapproachable a hero. She has had, and
she will have again, soldiers as brave, as thoughtful, as prudent, and as
successful as Gordon. She has had, and she will have again, servants
of the same public spirit, with the same intense desire that not a spot
should sully the national honour. But although this breed is not
extinct, there will never be another Gordon. The circumstances that
produced him were exceptional ; the opportunities that offered them-
selves for the demonstration of his greatness can never fall to the lot of
another; and even if by some miraculous combination the man and
the occasions arose, the hero, unlike Gordon, would be spoilt by his
own success and public applause. But the qualities which made
Gordon superior not only to all his contemporaries, but to all the
temptations and weaknesses of success, are attainable ; and the student
of his life will find that the guiding star he always kept before him was
the duty he owed his country. In that respect, above all others, he
has left future generations of his countrymen a great example.



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Online LibraryDemetrius Charles de Kavanagh BoulgerThe life of Gordon, major-general, R. E. C. B.; Turkish field-marshal, Grand cordon Medjidieh, and pasha; Chinese titv (field-marshal) yellow jacket order → online text (page 40 of 40)