1743 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Anonymous, "On a Gentleman's lamenting the bad Fortune of the late Mr. Gay" Scots Magazine 5 (September 1743) 411.



Lament not gentle GAY'S unhappy fate;
Him troubles render more compleatly great,
Greater than Lords, than Kings admired more,
Whom Fortune favours, giddy men adore.
His fame shall last when theirs shall feel decay.
Who then would shrink at death, to live a GAY?