The Epitaph

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Thomas Gray (1716 – 1771)

 Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth

A Youth, to Fortune and to fame unknown;

Fair Science frown’d not on his humble birth,

And Melancholy mark’d him for her own.

Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere;

Heaven did a recompense as largely send:

He gave to Misery all he had, a tear,

He gain’d from Heaven,’twas all he wish’d,

a friend.

No farther seek his merits to disclose,

Or draw his frailties from their dead abode,

(There they alike in trembling hope repose),

The bosom of his Father and his God.

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