[Epitaph on a Child]

1 Here, freed from pain, secure from misery, lies
2 A child, the darling of his parents' eyes:
3 A gentler lamb ne'er sported on the plain,
4 A fairer flower will never bloom again.
5 Few were the days allotted to his breath;
6 Now let him sleep in peace his night of death.


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Title (in Source Edition): [Epitaph on a Child]
Author: Thomas Gray
Themes: death
Genres: epitaph

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Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. Thomas Gray: English poems. Web. Oxford: Thomas Gray Archive, 2002. http://www.thomasgray.org/texts/poems.shtml

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