1744 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Colley Cibber, "Mr. Colley Cibber's Epitaph on Pope" General Advertiser (22 June 1744).



Our pious Praise on Tombstones runs so high,
Readers might think, that none but good Men die!
If Graves held only such: Pope, like his Verse
Had still been breathing and escap'd the Hearse!
Tho' Fell, to all Men's Failings, but his own,
Yet, to assert his Vengeance, or Renown,
None ever reach'd such Heights of Helicon!
E'en Death shall let his Dust this Truth enjoy,
That not his Errors can his Fame Destroy.