1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Anonymous, Goldsmith's Monument in Westminster Abbey; General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (3 March 1778).



About three weeks ago a monument was opened in Westminster Abbey, between Gay's monument and the Duke of Argyle's, in Poets Corner, to the memory of the late Doctor Goldsmith. It consists of a large medallion, exhibiting a very good likeness of the Doctor, embellished with literary ornaments, underneath which is a tablet of white marble with the following Latin inscription.

OLIVARI GOLDSMITH
Poetae. Physici. Historici.
Qui nullum fere scribendi genus
No tetigit.
Nullum quod tetigit non ornavit
Sive Risus essent movendi
Sive Lacrymae.
Affectuum potens at lenis Dominator
Ingenio sublimis — Vividus Versatilis
Oratione grandis nitidus Venustus
Hoc Monumentus Memoriam cofuit
Sodalium Amor
Amicorum Fides
Lectorum Veneratio
Natus Hibernia Formiae Lonfordiensis
In Loco cui Nomen Pallas
Nov. XXIX. MDCCXXXI
Eblanae Literis institutis
Obiit Londini
APRIL IV. MDCCLXXIV.