1710 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nahum Tate

Leonard Welsted, in To the Memory of John Philips (1710) 8.



But, ah! Such Heaven's mysterious ways we find;
So Providence disposes human kind;
The most deserving have the shortest Date,
And Virtue seems the mark of envious Fate;
The Learn'd, the Good, the Witty, and the Brave
Find the cold Comfort of an early Grave:
BION forsook us early, SHADWELL late,
And CREECH and OLDHAM are surviv'd by TATE.