Thomas Tickell

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There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?
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Thomas Tickell (December 17 1685April 23, 1740), was a minor English poet and man of letters.


  • Just men, by whom impartial laws were given;
    And saints who taught and led the way to heaven.
    • On the Death of Mr. Addison (1721), line 41. The work was an epitath for Tickell's friend and employer, Joseph Addison.
  • Nor e’er was to the bowers of bliss conveyed
    A fairer spirit or more welcome shade.
    • On the Death of Mr. Addison (1721), line 45.
  • There taught us how to live; and (oh, too high
    The price for knowledge!) taught us how to die.
    • On the Death of Mr. Addison (1721), line 81. Compare: "He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live", Michel de Montaigne, Essay, book i. chap. ix.; "I have taught you, my dear flock, for above thirty years how to live; and I will show you in a very short time how to die", Sandys, Anglorum Speculum, p. 903; "Teach him how to live, And, oh still harder lesson! how to die", Beilby Porteus, Death, line 316; "He taught them how to live and how to die", Somerville, In Memory of the Rev. Mr. Moore.
  • The sweetest garland to the sweetest maid.
    • To a Lady with a Present of Flowers.
  • I hear a voice you cannot hear,
    Which says I must not stay;
    I see a hand you cannot see,
    Which beckons me away.
    • Colin and Lucy.

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