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Alexander Pope (1688–1744). Complete Poetical Works. 1903.


On Dr. Francis Atterbury

  • Bishop of Rochester, Who Died in Exile at Paris, 1732
  • His only daughter having expired in his arms immediately after she arrived in France to see him.


    She.YES, we have liv’d—One pang, and then we part!

    May Heav’n, dear Father! now have all thy heart.

    Yet ah! how once we lov’d, remember still,

    Till you are dust like me.

    He.Dear Shade! I will:

    Then mix this dust with thine—O spotless Ghost!

    O more than Fortune, Friends, or Country lost!

    Is there on earth one care, one wish beside?

    Yes—‘Save my country, Heav’n!’ he said, and died.