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VIII.

ON SIR GODFREY KNELLER.

IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY, 1723.

KNELLER, by heav'n and not a master taught, Whose art was nature, and whose pictures thought;

Now for two ages having snatch'd from fate
Whate'er was beauteous, or whate'er was great,
Lies crown'd with princes honours, poets lays,
Due to his merit, and brave thirst of praise.

Living, great Nature fear'd he might outvie
Her works; and, dying, fears herself may die.

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IX.

ON GENERAL HENRY WITHERS.

IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY, 1729.

HERE, WITHERS, rest! thou bravest, gentlest mind,
Thy country's friend, but more of human kind.
Oh born to arms! O worth in youth approv'd!
O soft humanity, in age belov'd!

For thee the hardy vet'ran drops a tear,

And the

gay courtier feels the sigh sincere.

WITHERS! adieu! yet not with thee remove
Thy martial spirit, or thy social love!
Amidst corruption, luxury, and rage,
Still leave some ancient virtues to our age:
Nor let us say (those English glories gone)
The last true Briton lies beneath this stone.

X.

ON MR. ELIJAH FENTON,

AT EASTHAMSTED IN BERKS, 1730.

THIS modest stone, what few vain marbles can,
May truly say, Here lies an honest man :

A poet, blest beyond the poet's fate,

Whom heav'n kept sacred from the proud and great: Foe to loud praise, and friend to learned ease, Content with science in the vale of peace.

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Calmly he look'd on either life, and here

Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear;
From nature's temp'rate feast rose satisfy'd,

Thank'd heav'n that he had liv'd, and that he dy'd.

XI.

ON MR. GAY.

IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY, 1732.

OF manners gentle, of affections mild :
In wit, a man; simplicity a child:
With native humour temp❜ring virtuous rage,
Form'd to delight at once and lash the age:
Above temptation, in a low estate,
And uncorrupted ev'n among the great :
A safe companion, and an easy friend,
Unblam'd through life, lamented in thy end.
These are thy honours! not that here thy bust
Is mix'd with heroes, or with kings thy dust;
But that the worthy and the good shall say,
Striking their pensive bosoms-Here lies GAY.

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XII.

INTENDED FOR SIR ISAAC NEWTON,

IN WESTMINSTER-ABBEY.

ISAACUS NEWTONUS:

Quem Immortalem
Testantur Tempus, Natura, Cælum :
Mortalem

Hoc marmor fatetur.

Nature and Nature's Laws lay hid in Night:
God said, Let Newton be! and all was Light.

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