Thomas Parnell Poems

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Thomas Parnell
Thomas Parnell (September 11, 1679 October 24, 1718) was a poet, born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was a friend of both Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, participating in the Scriblerus Club, contributing to The Spectator, and aiding Pope in his translation of The Iliad. He was one of the so-called "Graveyard poets": his 'A Night-Piece on Death,' widely considered the first "Graveyard School" poem, was published posthumously in Poems on Several Occasions, collected and edited by Alexander Pope and published in December of 1721 (although dated 1722 on its title page). Oliver Goldsmith wrote a biography of Parnell which often accompanied later editions of Parnell's works.

the spirit's depths
 
 
Not in the crisis of events
Of compass'd hopes, or fears fulfill'd,
Or acts of gravest... [read poem]
the toys
 
 
My little Son, who look'd from thoughtful eyes
And moved and spoke in quiet grown-up wise,... [read poem]
the hermit
 
 
Far in a wild, unknown to public view,
From youth to age a rev'rend hermit grew;
The moss ... [read poem]
the kiss
 
 
"I saw you take his kiss!" "'Tis true."
"O, modesty!" "'Twas strictly kept:
"He though... [read poem]
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For we have thought the longer thoughts
And gone the shorter way.
And we have danced t... [read poem]
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