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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Epitaphs
On Sir Godfrey Kneller
 
In Westminster Abbey, 1723

KNELLER, by Heav’n, and not a master, taught,
Whose Art was Nature, and whose pictures thought;
Now for two ages having snatch’d from fate
Whate’er was beauteous, or whate’er was great,
Lies crown’d with Princes’ honours, Poets’ lays,        5
Due to his Merit and brave thirst of Praise.
  Living, great Nature fear’d he might outvie
Her works; and, dying, fears herself may die.
 
 
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