1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Fenton

Alexander Pope, "Epitaph on Mr. Fenton" London Evening Post (22 October 1730).



The following Epitaph on Mr. Fenton being written by a celebrated Poet, we do not doubt but it will be acceptable to our Readers.

This modest Stone, what few vain Marbles can,
May truly say, Here lies an Honest Man;
A Poet blest beyond the Poet's Fate,
Whom Heav'n kept Sacred from the Proud and Great.
Content with Science in the Arms of Peace;
Calmly he look'd on either Life, and here
Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear;
From Nature's temp'rate Feast rose satisfy'd,
Thank'd Heav'n that he had liv'd, and that he dy'd.