1733 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Parnell

James De La Cour, in Prospect of Poetry, 1733; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 7:294.



Such late was Parnell — oh! too slightly mourn'd,
With every Grace, with every Muse adorn'd!
By Swift belov'd, by Pope lamented most,
Lost to the world — no wit and friendship lost—
Yet shall he live, while Taste is kept alive,
And his lov'd Plato in his verse revive;
Yet shall he live, as long at Truth shall charm
In mystic Fable, or fair Virtue warm;
The first remember'd in our weak essays,
With honour mention'd, dignify'd with praise.