1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Philander [Henry Jones?], "On the Death of Dean Swift" Gentleman's Magazine 16 (January 1746) 37.



When Gay breath'd his last, we in silence complain'd,
For yet we'd a Pope, and a Swift who remain'd:
Pope falls! all Parnassus resounds with our cries,
And our prayers ascend, to keep Swift from the skies.
Vain wishes! vain prayers! to the winds they are giv'n,
For death comes relentless, and takes him to heav'n.
At little misfortunes we're soberly sad,
But it's time, now we've lost all our wits — to run mad.
Spalding, Jan. 13.