A Collection of English Poems, 1660-1800

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THOMAS EDWARDS
(1699-1744-1757)

Sonnet
On a Family Picture1

WHEN pensive on that Portraiture I gaze,
Where my four Brothers round about me stand,
And four fair Sisters smile with graces bland,
The goodly monument of happier days;

And think how soon insatiate Death, who preys 5
On all, has cropp'd the rest with ruthless hand;
While only I survive of all that band,
Which one chaste bed did to my Father raise;
It seems that like a Column left alone,
The tottering remnant of some splendid Fane, 10
Scape'd from the fury of the barbarous Gaul,
And wasting Time, which has the rest o'erthrown;
Amidst our House's ruins I remain
Single, unpropp'd, and nodding to my fall.


EDWARD MOORE
(1712-1744-1757)

Fables for the Ladies2

Fable V

The Poet and his Patron

WHY, Cælia, is your spreading waist
So loose, so negligently lac'd?
Why must the wrapping bed-gown hide
Your snowy bosom's swelling pride?

How ill that dress adorns your head, 5
Distain'd, and rumpled from the bed!

____________________
1
Published in Dodsley Collection of Poems, Volume II, 1748. Text of first
edition.
2
Published in Poems, Fables, and Plays, 1756. Text of first edition.

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