Thomas Parnell

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Thomas Parnell (September 11, 1679October 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.


  • Still an angel appear to each lover beside,
    But still be a woman to you.
    • When thy Beauty appears.
  • Remote from man, with God he passed the days;
    Prayer all his business, all his pleasure praise.
    • The Hermit, line 5.
  • We call it only pretty Fanny’s way.
    • An Elegy to an Old Beauty.
  • Let those love now who never loved before;
    Let those who always loved, now love the more.
    • Translation of the Pervigilium Veneris, written in the time of Julius Caesar, and by some ascribed to Catullus: Cras amet qui numquam amavit; Quique amavit, cras amet.

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