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Thomas Parnell was an Anglo-Irish poet and clergyman who was a friend of both Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. He was the son of Thomas Parnell of Maryborough, Queen's County now Port Laoise, County Laoise}, a prosperous landowner who had been a loyal supporter of Cromwell during the English Civil War and moved to Ireland after the restoration of the monarchy. Thomas was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and collated archdeacon of Clogher in 1705. He however spent much of his time in London, where he participated with Pope, Swift and others in the Scriblerus Club, contributing to The Spectator and aiding Pope in his translation of The Iliad. He was also one of the so-called "Graveyard poets": his 'A Night-Piece on Death,' widely considered the first "Graveyard School" poem, was published posthumously in Poems on Several Occasions, collected and edited by Alexander Pope and is thought by some scholars to have been published in December of 1721 (although dated in 1722 on its title page, the year accepted by The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature; see 1721 in poetry, 1722 in poetry). It is said of his poetry 'it was in keeping with his character, easy and pleasing, ennunciating the common places with felicity and grace.

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A Night-piece on Death
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The Hermit
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Jac: Faber Stapul: By J: Scaliger.
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Habakkuk
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Oft Have I Read That Innocence Retreats
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Love In Disguise
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As Celia With Her Sparrow Playd
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Jonah
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Deborah
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The Judgment Of Paris
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Since Bearing Of A Gentle Mind
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A Beavy Of The Fair & Gay
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Phillis I Long Yr Powr Have Ownd
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In Biddy's Cheeks Ye Roses Blow
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O Tell If Any Fate You See
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Now Kind Now Coy Wth How Much Change
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I Lookd & In A Moment Run
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On A Certain Poets Judgement Between Mr Pope & Mr Philips Don In An Italian Air
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Ye Wives Who Scold & Fishes Sell
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The Horse & Olive Or Warr & Peace
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Satyr I. A Letter To A Friend. On Poets.
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When Ore My Temples Balmy Vapours Rise
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Once Pope Under Jevais Resolvd To Adventure
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Health, An Eclogue
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On The Castle Of Dublin, Anno 1715
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