1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

William Woty, "Epitaph on Dr. Goldsmith" Public Advertiser (14 April 1774).



Adieu, sweet Bard! to each fine Feeling true,
Thy Virtues many, and thy Foibles few;
Those form'd to charm e'en vicious Minds, and these
With harmless Mirth the social Soul to please.
Another's Woe thy Heart could always melt;
None gave more free, for none more deeply felt.
Sweet Bard, adieu! thy own harmonious Lays
Have sculptur'd out thy Monument of Praise;
Yes — these survive to Time's remotest Day
While drops the Bust, and boastful Tombs decay.
Reader! if numbered in the Muses Train,
Oh tune the Lyre, and imitate his Strain;
But if no Poet thou, reverse the Plan,
Depart in Peace, and imitate the Man.