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.
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- 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.
- A fresher green the smelling leaves display
And glittering as they tremble, cheer the day.
- from the poem The Hermit.
- A sudden splendour seemed to kindle day
A breeze came breathing in a sweet perfume
Blown from eternal gardens, filled the room.
- from the poem Piety, or the Vision.
- We call it only pretty Fanny's way.
- An Elegy to an Old Beauty.
- When Spring came on with fresh delight
To cheer the soul, and charm the sight,
While every easy breezes, softer rain
And warmer suns salute the plain.
- from Anacreontic.