1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Anonymous, "Sonnet. On the Report of a Monument to be erected in Westminster Abbey, to the Memory of Oliver Goldsmith" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (28 February 1778).



Yes; raise the monument to Goldsmith's name,
Ye wealthy patrons, polite and just;
And thou, bold sculptor, to secure thy fame,
With these fair figures ornament his bust:
Religion pointing to a peaceful shore,
Patience, in suff'ring calm, on Heav'n her sight,
Learning, attentive still to virtue's lore,
And Candor, vested in unsullied white.
'Tis fit the man, who spotless laurel's wore,
Who mark'd proud empires glory and their shame;
Who for mankind exhausted Nature's store,
With Kings and heroes should receive his claim.
So some stuff birds, than praise their note and plume,
Though careless authors of the minstrels doom.