1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

Anonymous, "The D. of B—m's Epitaph" Daily Journal (28 March 1721).



For every Prince that hit my Fancy,
For instance, Charles, and James, and Nancy,
I had, by turns, my Share of Zeal,
But was old Dog at Common Weal;
I had my Doubt, as all men shou'd,
Yet liv'd as honest as I cou'd;
What comes when we resign our Breath
I know not, yet a Fig for Death;
J—s I like, but cannot take him,
For what some fond Enthusiasts make him.
In God alone I put my Trust,
Because he's merciful tho' just;
Of all things Great, thou Great Beginner,
Take pity on a Garter'd Sinner.