A humbing quote about ashes or graves of kings and peasants alike, etc. Know the name of it?

Question:It seems to be from an author in the UK but I'm not sure. The general message was to point out what we think is great and heroic is insignificant over the course of history.




Answers:
Are you sure it's not Shakespeare? I immediately thought of Cymbeline

Fear no more the heat o' th' sun
Nor the furious winters rages;
Thou thy wordly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages.
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this and come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' th' great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke.
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To three the reed is as the oak.
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this and come to dust.

All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning flash,
Nor th' all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan.
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee and come to dust.
.Let us sit upon the ground, And tell sad stories of the death of kings.

-- from Act 3 Scene 2, of the play "Richard II",
William Shakespeare
http://shakespeare.mit.edu/richardii/ric...

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

Act 5, Scene 5 , "Macbeth" , W. Shakespeare
http://shakespeare.mit.edu/macbeth/macbe...
from Thomas Grey's poem, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"

The paths of glory lead but to the grave

Grey was a British poet

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