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On General Henry WITHERS,
In Westminster-Abbey, 1729.
ERE, WITHERS, rest! thou braveft, gentlest
Withers, adieu! yet not with thee remove
On Mr. ELIJAH FENTON.
At Easthamsted in Berks, 1730.
HIS modeft Stone, what few vain Marbles
F Manners gentle, of Affections mild;
In Wit, a Man; Simplicity, a Child :
Ver. 12. Here lies Gay.] i. e. in the hearts of the good and worthy.--Mr. Pope told me his conceit in this line was not generally understood. For, by peculiar ill luck, the formulary expression, which makes the beauty, misleads the reader into a fense which takes it quite away.
Intended for Sir Isaac Newton,
Hoc marmor fatetur.
Nature and Nature's Laws lay hid in Night:
On Dr. FRANCIS ATTERBURY,
Bishop of Rochester.
Who died in Exile at Paris, 1732.
[His only Daughter having expired in his arms,
immediately after the arrived in France to see him.]
part ! May Heav'n, dear Father! now have all thy Heart, Yet ah! how once we lov'd, remember still, Till you are dust like me.
Dear Shade! I will : Then mix this dust with thine-O spotless Ghost !
more than Fortune, Friends, or Country lost !