While reading an interesting article written by former UK Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone titled “Kin Beyond Sea” in The North American Review, Vol. 127, September-October 1878, I noticed a misquotation. He misquoted the following couplet from Reginald Heber’s long poem Palestine (1803):
No hammer fell, no ponderous axes rung,
Like some tall palm the mystic fabric sprung.
What Gladstone wrote was:
No workman steel, no ponderous hammers rung,
Like some tall palm the stately fabric sprung.
While I’m not sure how he made the error, I suspect that like several writers in the past, he may have a habit of writing from memory.