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ON GENERAL HENRY WITHERS,
IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, 1729.
WITHERS, rest! thou bravest, gentlest mind,
WITHERS, adieu! yet not with thee remove
ON MR. ELIJAH FENTON,
AT EASTHAMPSTEAD IN BERKS, 1730.
THIS modest stone, what few vain marbles can,
May truly say, Here lies an honest man :
ON MR. GAY,
IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY, 1732.
OF manners gentle, of affections mild ;
In wit, a man ; simplicity, a child :
10 But that the worthy and the good shall say, Striking their pensive bosoms-Here lies GAY.
["Here lies Gay,"—i. e., in the hearts of the good and worthy. Mr. Pope told me his conceit in this line was not generally understood; for, by peculiar ill luck, the formulary expression, which makes the beauty, misleads the reader into a sense which takes it quite away.-Warburton. Johnson says, “the first eight lines have no grammar; the adjectives are without any substantives, and the epithets without a subject.” The last line originally began, “Striking their aching bosoms." Swift objected that “the two participles, as they are so near, seemed to sound too like,” and hence pensive was substituted for aching.)
INTENDED FOR SIR ISAAC NEWTON,
IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
HOC MARMOR FATETUR.
NATURE and Nature's laws lay hid in night
God said, Let Newton be! and all was light.
ON DR. FRANCIS ATTERBURY, BISHOP OF
WHO DIED IN EXILE AT PARIS, 1732.
[His only daughter having expired in his arms, immediately after she arrived
in France to see him.]
May Heaven, dear Father! now have all thy heart.
Dear shade! I will :
-He said, and died.
ON EDMUND, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM,
WHO DIED IN THE NINETEENTH YEAR OF HIS AGE, 1735.
IF modest youth, with cool reflection crown’d,
And every opening virtue blooming round,
The living virtue now had shone approved,
FOR ONE WHO WOULD NOT BE BURIED IN
HEROES, and kings! your distance keep:
In peace let one poor poet sleep,
ANOTHER, ON THE SAME.
Or under this turf, or e'en what they will ;
ON TWO LOVERS STRUCK DEAD BY LIGHTNING.
On the same pile the faithful pair expire :
Sent his own lightning, and the victims seized. [Lord Harcourt, on whose property the unfortunate pair lived, was apprehensive that the country people would not understand the above, and Pope wrote the subjoined :-)
NEAR THIS PLACE LIE THE BODIES OF
AN INDUSTRIOUS YOUNG MAN
(WITH SEVERAL OTHERS),
THE LAST DAY OF JULY, 1718.
A pair so faithful could expire ;
And snatch'd them in celestial fire.
When God calls Virtue to the grave,
Mercy alike to kill or save.