1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Anonymous, in Westminster Abbey, an Heroic Poem (1749) 25.



Here sleeps a gentle Bard! whose early Muse
Display'd, in Fable, Life's resemblant Views.
Knowledge beams forth thro' his instructive Lay;
Well-blended Shadows real Truths convey;
And Trifles rise to Elegance in GAY.
Courteous in Manners, a facetious Friend,
He liv'd, belov'd; let Tears his Corse attend.