Thomas Parnell Poems

  • 1.  
    Come hither, Boy, we'll hunt to Day
    The Book-Worm, ravening Beast of Prey, Produc'd by Parent Earth, at odds
  • 2.  
    In Britain's Isle and Arthur's days,
    When Midnight Faeries daunc'd the Maze, Liv'd Edwin of the Green;
  • 3.  
    When thy Beauty appears
    In its Graces and Airs, All bright as an Angel new dropt from the Sky;
  • 4.  
    Art thou alive? It cannot be,
    There's so much Rottenness in Thee, Corruption only is in Death;
  • 5.  
    Hark the thundring Drums inviting
    All our forward youth to arms Hark the trumpets sounds exciting
  • 6.  
    Now kind now coy wth how much change
    You feed my fierce desire As if to more extravagance
  • 7.  
    Happy the man whose firm resolves obtain
    Assisting Grace to burst his sinfull chain For him the Days with golden minutes glow
  • 8.  
    Hail to the sacred silence of this Grove
    Hail to the greens below the greens above Oft have I found beneath these shady trees
  • 9.  
    From Town fair Arabella flies,
    The Beaux unpowder'd grieve, The Rivers play before her eyes,
  • 10.  
    Vast was his soul some favorite above
    Whose bolder pencil made a boy of love A boy he thought him lovers less then boyes
  • 11.  
    This House and Inhabitants both well agree,
    And resemble each other as near can be; One half is decay'd, and in want of a Prop,
  • 12.  
    My days have been so wondrous free,
    The little birds that fly With careless ease from tree to tree,
  • 13.  
    How nicely fair Phillis you manage yr slave
    You neither reproach nor approve him Just keep him in play wth ye hopes wch you leave
  • 14.  
    O Tell if any fate you see
    Can more unhappy prove Than where the nymph will cruell be
  • 15.  
    Look mercyfully down O Lord
    & wash us from our sinn Cleanse us from wicked deeds without
  • 16.  
    When in the River Cows for Coolness stand,
    And Sheep for Breezes seek the lofty Land, A Youth whom Ã?sop taught that ev'ry Tree
  • 17.  
    Upon a Bed of humble clay
    In all her Garments loose A Prostitute my Mother lay
  • 18.  
    'Twas when the night in silent sable fled,
    When chearful morning sprung with rising red, When dreams and vapours leave to crowd the brain,
  • 19.  
    What ancient times (those times we fancy wise)
    Have left on long record of woman's rise, What morals teach it, and what fables hide,
  • 20.  
    Our Carys a Delicate Poet; for What?
    For having writt? No: but for having writ not.
  • 21.  
    When thy beauty appears
    In its graces and airs All bright as an angel new dropp'd from the sky,
  • 22.  
    See the star that leads the day
    Rising shoots a golden ray, To make the shades of darkness go
  • 23.  
    Health & advice an old acquaintance sends,
    Health & advice, the wish & debt of friends, Tis fitt I teach the templar how to thrive,
  • 24.  
    Relentless Time! destroying Pow'r
    Whom Stone and Brass obey, Who giv'st to ev'ry flying Hour
  • 25.  
    I look & in a moment run
    The poison thro' my veins Nor Celia think your self too young
  • 26.  
    Think England what it is to shake,
    & better use your King, His power raisd the frozen snake,
  • 27.  
    Hadst thou but livd before ye Gods were dead
    That Heathens ownd ye world might thus have said. 'If any settled seat ye Muses use
  • 28.  
    The morning opens very freshly gay
    And life itself is in the month of May. With green my fancy paints an arbour o'er
  • 29.  
    Mourn widdowd Iland, Mourn, your Pan is dead.
    Mourn ye unhappy flocks your Sheapherd Pan is fled; Around your grief in dolefull straines convey,
  • 30.  
    & tis too true alass! we find, he's gonn,
    Virtue from earth a second time is flown, She onely then with her two sisters flew,
  • 31.  
    How long ye miserable blind
    Shall idle dreams engage your mind, How long the passions make their flight
  • 32.  
    Thanks to the friend whose happy lines coud cheer
    In Derry's oaten soil frozen air When to the Citty late I bid farewell
  • 33.  
    Here Great Erasmus resteth all of thine
    That Death can touch or Monument confine Thy Hope and Virtue soard ye lofty sky
  • 34.  
    The sun is swiftly mounted high;
    It glitters in the southern sky; Its beams with force and glory beat,
  • 35.  
    Now Crowds more off, retiring trumpetts sound
    On Eccho's dying in their last rebound, The notes of fancy seem no longer strong,
  • 36.  
    Strephon & I upon a bank were laid,
    Where the gay spring in varied colours playd, & her rich odours lavish nature shed.
  • 37.  
    Thou Gaudy Idle world adieu,
    & all thy tinsell Joys; I lovd thee dearly once tis true,
  • 38.  
    To Henry, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke.

  • 39.  
    Compassion checks my spleen, yet Scorn denies
    The tears a passage thro' my swelling eyes; To laugh or weep at sins, might idly show,
  • 40.  
    The beam-repelling mists arise,
    And evening spreads obscurer skies; The twilight will the night forerun,
  • 41.  
    On verdurd trees ye silver blossoms grow
    Whose leaves atop their perfect whiteness show & faintly streak with stains of red below
  • 42.  
    To stifle Passion is no easy Thing,
    A Heart in Love is always on the Wing; The bold Betrayer flutters still,
  • 43.  
    As Pope who gathers mony to translate
    With Gay the Shepheard Writer mett of late. Says Pope, your Ecclogues wont come out wth speed
  • 44.  
    With Moral Tale let Ancient Wisdom move,
    Which thus I sing to make the Moderns wise: Strong Neptune once with sage Minerva strove,
  • 45.  
    Young Philomela's powrfull dart
    Two gentle shepheard's hitt With Beauty touchd Amintors heart
  • 46.  
    Then do not Cloe do not more
    Boast what success youve found Tis pride to tell your conquests ore
  • 47.  
    Now early Shepherds o'er the Meadow pass,
    And print long Foot-steps in the glittering Grass; The Cows neglectful of their Pasture stand,
  • 48.  
    Thyrsis, a young and am'rous Swain,
    Saw two, the Beauties of the Plain; Who both his Heart subdue:
  • 49.  
    A thoughtful Being, long and spare,
    Our Race of Mortals call him Care: (Were Homer living, well he knew
  • 50.  
    As Bacchus ranging at his leisure,
    (Io Bacchus! king of pleasure) Charm'd the wide world with drink and dances,
Total 120 poems written by Thomas Parnell

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