ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. A., "To the Memory of his dear Friend, John Phillips, Esq." 1708 ca.; Grub-Street Journal (27 August 1730).
1699 ca.: John Philips
1705: J. C., Westminster Scholar
1706: Rev. Richard Daniel
1707: Thomas Tickell
1707 ca.: Edmund Smith
1708: John Gay
1708 ca.: J. A.
1710: Edmund Smith
1712: Dr. George Sewell
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1713: Rev. Henry Felton
1713: Rev. William Diaper
1727: Joseph Mitchell
1728: James Ralph
1730 ca.: Theophilus Leigh
1740: William Somervile
1763: Rev. William Thompson
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1779: Samuel Johnson
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1833: Hartley Coleridge
1843: John Holland
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1708 ca.: John Philips
1806: James Montgomery
What is he gone? Whither so sudden flown?
Why droop'd the Flow'r, e'er it was fully blown?
Oh! had he never been, or longer staid,
The Youth not known, w' had not wept o'er the Shade,
Or having long enjoy'd, had long been happy made.
In Conversation none more gay than he,
Seas'nably gay, and innocently free;
True to his Friend, and faithful to his Trust,
In every Word and Action good and just.
His Looks were to his Mind so near a-kin,
They shew'd without, the Mind's Designs within;
They with his Actions did so well conspire,
That seen, you'd like him; having known, admire.
Let me at least be suffer'd to commend,
Who've the Companion known, and tried the Friend:
Nor wonder he in Bloom of Youth shou'd die,
E'er Manhood, he was ripe for Eternity.
If 'tis permitted thee on Earth to bend
Thy Eyes, and human Actions to attend,
Oh! deign to guide the Actions of thy Friend.
This Offering accept for Friendship sake,
Tho' small, 'till All is granted me to make.
By J. A. an intimate Friend of the Deceased.