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Thomas Gray
1716-1771

Gray was a scholar of Greek and history, he spent a secluded life at Cambridge. His poem, the meditative "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard") is probably the most quoted poem in the English language. Gray's poetry illustrates the evolution of 18th century of English poetry from Classicism to early Romanticism.


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On the Death of Richard West

 

On the Death of Richard West

In vain to methe smiling mornings shine,
And reddening Phoebus lifts his golden fire;
The birds in vain their amorous descant join,
Or cheerful fields resume their green attire:
These ears, alas! for other notes repine,
A different object do these eyes require;
My lonely anguish melts no heart but mine,
And in my breast the imperfect joys expire.
Yet morning smiles the busy race to cheer,
And new-born pleasure brings to happier men;
Te fields to all their wonted tribute bear,
To warm their little loves the birds complain:
I fruitless mourn to him that cannot hear,
And weep the more because I weep in vain.

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