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Selected Poetry of Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
        (Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, 95-100)
  1. The Bard: A Pindaric Ode
  2. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  3. The Fatal Sisters: An Ode
  4. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College
  5. Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes
  6. Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude
  7. Ode on the Spring
  8. On the Death of Richard West
  9. The Progress of Poesy: A Pindaric Ode

Biographical information

Given name: Thomas
Family name: Gray
Birth date: 26 December 1716
Death date: 30 July 1771
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Philip Gray
          mother: Dorothy Gray
          Eton College: 1727
          Peterhouse, Cambridge: 9 October 1734 to 1738
          Peterhouse, Cambridge (LL.B.): 1742 to 1743
Literary period: Augustan
Occupation: Professor: 1768
          Cornhill, London: 26 December 1716
          Cambridge: 1742 to 1759
          Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London: 1759 to 1761
          Cambridge: 1761 to 1771
Cause of death: Gout
Buried at: Stoke Poges
First RPO edition: 1994-1998