Posts tagged ‘1769’

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Character by Clara Reeve

A Quaker’s stiffness, with a tradesman’s grin;
A jesuit’s conscience, with an open mein;
A sailor’s breeding, with a courtier’s art;
A zealot’s fury, with an atheist’s heart;
These are thy honours! – Not thy wild expence,
Fed and supported by the public pence,
Pour’d forth in awkward, splendid, motly treats,
Where dirt with cleanness, want with fulness meets.
Devour’d by hungry parsons, sots, and fools,
All well-pick’d, servile, suppliant, fawning tools;
Who with dull flatt’ry, and admiring eyes,
Applaud thy bawdy, blasphemy, and lies.

From: C.R., Original Poems on Several Occasions, 1769, T. and J. W. Pasham for W. Harris: London, p. 23.

Date: 1769

By: Clara Reeve (1729-1807)

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

[I]mpromptu Epitaph on the Grave Digger of Princeton—1769— by Annis Boudinot Stockton

Here lies honest John
Who dug the graves of many
Now circumscrib’d to one
For which he’d ne’er a penny
Six shillings were his dues
But out of those he’s cheated
For death no favour shews
Since monarchs thus are treated
And now his dust is leveld
With dust that soar’d above him
Whose deeds if all unravel’d
The better man would prove him
May all that view this humble stone
This leson learn, this truth revere,
That from the Cottage to the throne
Virtue alone makes difference here.—

From: Stockton, Annis Boudinot and Mulford, Carla (ed.), Only for the Eye of a Friend: The Poems of Annis Boudinot Stockton, 1995, University Press of Virginia: Charlottesville and London, p. 92.

Date: 1769

By: Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sentiment. 1769 by Thomas Chatterton

Since we can die but once, what matters it,
If rope or garter, poison, pistol, sword,
Slow-wasting sickness, or the sudden burst
Of valve arterial in the noble parts,
Curtail the miseries of human life?
Tho’ varied is the cause, the effect’s the same:
All to one common dissolution tends.

From: Chatterton, Thomas and Willcox, Charles Bonnycastle (ed.), The Poetical Works of Thomas Chatterton: with Notices of his Life, History of the Rowley Controversy, a Selection of his Letters, and Notes Critical and Explanatory, Volume II, 1842, W. P. Grant: Cambridge, p. 439.

Date: 1769

By: Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770)