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)
Given name: Thomas
Family name: Gray
Birth date: 26 December 1716
Death date: 30 July 1771
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