1744 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

H. E., "On the Death of Pope" Gentleman's Magazine 14 (July 1744) 387.



When Gay resign'd his tuneful breath,
Each muse deplor'd his early fate,
And loudly curs'd remorseless death,
Robb'd of their dear triumvirate:
Yet soon their griefs some comfort find,
While Swift and Pope are left behind.

Poor Swift! he, quite worn out with age,
His own sad monument appears,
Forgetful of the mirth-fraught page,
Hibernia groans! — with sighs and tears,
Britannia cries, — O Pope, live long,
To charm our ears with sense and song!

Who now with voice divine shall sing,
And, singing, flap and frown away
Each dunce from the Pierian spring?
Say who? dear drooping muses, say?
Bereft at last of every hope,
Quite gone your Gay, your Swift, your Pope?
Derby, July 14, 1744.