“On the Death of a Monkey”
Poor Pug is dead! the briskest Thing on Earth,
Harmless and kind, but wanton from his Birth:
Grave was his Look, and Politick his Mien,
Easy and Gay, a Stranger to the Spleen!
No State-Affairs disturb’d his downy Rest, 5
Nor Party-Zeal rais’d Tumults in his Breast:
Perhaps, he griev’d Himself to Death to see
So many Brother-Apes preferr’d, and He
Left here behind, in such a low Degree.
1 Pug “A monkey, an ape” (OED).
2 wanton “Undisciplined, ungoverned; rebellious” (OED).
3 Mien “The bearing, character, appearance, or instinct of an animal” (OED).
4 spleen “Excessive dejection or depression of spirits” (OED).
5 downy Rest Sleep.
6 Party-Zeal Partisan political passion; or strong feeling toward a particular political stance (OED); Tumults “Great disturbance or agitation of mind or feeling” (OED).
9 Degree “A stage or position in the scale of dignity or rank” (OED).
Source: Poems on Several Occasions (Oxford, 1730), p. 130. [Google Books]
Edited by Estrellita Ruiz