1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "To Amanda, with Mr. Pope's Letter to Miss Blount on her Birthday" American Magazine [Boston] 3 (September 1746) 421.



May ev'ry Blessing mention'd here be given
To thee Amanda! by all-gracious Heaven!
Long be your Life—! each Day new Pleasures prove!
And know the Happiness of mutual Love!
And when, the Amusements of this Life are o'er,
Ev'n you must die, and be admir'd no more;
May Smiling Angels ease your parting Breath,
Dispel the Shades, and all the Gloom of Death!
May they conduct you to the bright Abode,
To join and rival them in praising God!
September 16, 1746.