Thomas Tickell

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Thomas Tickell

Thomas Tickell (December 17, 1685April 23, 1740) was a minor English poet and man of letters.


  • Prevent the rising sun.
    • Oxford (1707).
  • Fight virtue's cause, stand up in wit's defence,
    Win us from vice, and laugh us into sense.
    • On the Prospect of Peace (1713), line 428.
  • Achilles' fatal wrath, whence discord rose,
    That brought the sons of Greece unnumber'd woes,
    O Goddess! sing. Full many a hero's ghost
    Was driven untimely to th' infernal coast,
    While in promiscuous heaps their bodies lay,
    A feast for dogs and every bird of prey.
    So did the sire of gods and men fulfil
    His stedfast purpose and almighty will;
    What time the haughty chiefs their jars begun,
    Atrides, king of men, and Peleus' godlike son.
    • The First Book of the Iliad (1715).
  • 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 patient show'd us the wise course to steer,
    A candid censor, and a friend severe;
    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.
  • A snow of blossoms and a wild of flowers.
    • Kensington Garden (1722).
  • The sweetest garland to the sweetest maid.
    • To a Lady with a Present of Flowers.
  • though every friend be fled,
    Lo! Envy waits, that lover of the dead.
    • On the Death of the Earl of Cadogan.
  • He 'midst the graceful of superior grace,
    And she the loveliest of the loveliest race.
    • Verses to Mrs. Lowther on her Marriage.
  • 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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