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Poem by Thomas Gent


Written to the Lady of Dr. George Birkbeck



President of the London Mechanic's Institution, and of the Chemical and Meteorological Societies. Founder and Patron of the Glasgow Mechanic's Institute, &c. &c. &c.

Lady unknown! a pilgrim from the shrine
Of Poesy's fair temple, brings a wreath
Which fame and gratitude alike entwine,
Around a name that charms the monster Death,
And bids him pause!Amidst despairing life
BIRKBECK's the harbinger of hope and health;
When sordid affluence was with man at strife,
He boldly stripp'd the veil, and show'd the wealth
To aged ignorance, and ardent youth,
Of cultured mindsthe freedom of the soul!
The sun of science, and the light of truth,
The bliss of reasonmind without control.

Accept this tribute. Lady! and the praise,
As Consort and the soother of his care!
His offspring's pridehis friend's commingled rays,
And every other grace that man has deem'd most rare!



Thomas Gent


Thomas Gent's other poems:
  1. On a Delightful Drawing in my Album
  2. Prometheus
  3. The Chain-Pier, Brighton
  4. On the Portrait of the Son of J.G. Lambton, Esq
  5. Invocation to Sleep


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