I want a help in the poem of Thomas Grey!

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Mhd shaher

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This is a stanza of the great poet (Thomas Grey) from his poem (Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard):



45. Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
46. Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;
47. Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd,


48. Or wak'd to ecstasy the living lyre.


What does it mean the line that is underlined?
 

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this link might help you . . .

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Rod of empire: scepter held by a king or an emperor during ceremonies.
One of the humble country folk in the cemetery might have become a king or an emperor if he had been given the opportunity

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