1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Michael Clancy, "For a Monument which is to be erected to Thomas Tickell at Glasnevin, Ireland" London Magazine 23 (November 1754) 518.



Read Tickell's name, and gently tread the clay
Where lie his sole remains that could decay;
Then pensive sigh, and thro' fair science trace
His mind, adorn'd with ev'ry pleasing grace;
Worth, such as Rome would have confess'd her own,
Wit, such as Athens would have proudly shewn:
Substance to thought, and weight to fancy join'd,
A judgment perfect, and a taste refin'd:
Admir'd by Gay, by Addison belov'd,
Esteem'd by Swift, by Pope himself approv'd.
His spirit, rais'd by that sublime he knew,
Hence to the seat of bright perfection flew;
Leaving to sorrowful Cletilda here,
A mourning heart, and never-ceasing tear.