1770 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

D. G., "Epitaph on Doctor Goldsmith, read at the Literary Club when the Doctor was present" 1770 ca.; Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (3 April 1778).



Reader, here lies a favorite son of fame!
By a few outlines you will guess his name:
Full of ideas was his head — so full
Had it not strength, they must have crack'd his skull:
When his mouth open'd, all was in a pother,
Rush'd at the door, and tumbled o'er each other!
But rallying soon with all their force again,
In bright array they issued from his brain!