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Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drowned In A Tub Of Goldfishes - Poem by Thomas Gray

'Twas on a lofty vase's side,
Where China's gayest art had dy'd
The azure flow'rs that blow;
Demurest of the tabby kind,
The pensive Selima, reclin'd,
Gazed on the lake below.

Her conscious tail her joy declar'd;
The fair round face, the snowy beard,
The velvet of her paws,
Her coat, that with the tortoise vies,
Her ears of jet, and emerald eyes,
She saw: and purr'd applause.

Still had she gaz'd; but 'midst the tide
Two angel forms were seen to glide,
The Genii of the stream;
Their scaly armour's Tyrian hue
Thro' richest purple to the view
Betray'd a golden gleam.

The hapless Nymph with wonder saw:
A whisker first and then a claw,
With many an ardent wish,
She stretch'd in vain to reach the prize.
What female heart can gold despise?
What cat's averse to fish?

Presumptuous Maid! with looks intent
Again she stretch'd, again she bent,
Nor knew the gulf between.
(Malignant Fate sat by, and smil'd)
The slipp'ry verge her feet beguil'd,
She tumbled headlong in.

Eight times emerging from the flood
She mew'd to ev'ry wat'ry god,
Some speedy aid to send.
No Dolphin came, no Nereid stirr'd;
Nor cruel Tom, nor Susan heard.
A Fav'rite has no friend!

From hence, ye Beauties, undeceiv'd,
Know, one false step is ne'er retriev'd,
And be with caution bold.
Not all that tempts your wand'ring eyes
And heedless hearts is lawful prize,
Nor all, that glisters, gold.


Comments about Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drowned In A Tub Of Goldfishes by Thomas Gray

  • Rookie Craig Paterson (10/21/2018 4:16:00 PM)

    Choice of words/descriptions, although humerous, are brilliant. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sylvia (11/21/2017 9:08:00 PM)

    This poem is, to me, a heartbreaker. I have loved all cats my whole life., as did my entire family. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hope Dyer (6/9/2005 7:26:00 PM)

    Okay, i need a little help here. I'm writing an oral for my year 10 lit class at Geelong Grammar and i'm having a hard time deciphering it. Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. 13. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  14. 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  21. 21. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  22. 22. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  24. 24. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  25. 25. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  26. 26. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  27. 27. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  28. 28. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  29. 29. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  30. 30. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  31. 31. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  32. 32. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  33. 33. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  34. 34. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  35. 35. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  36. 36. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  37. 37. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  38. 38. Death , Heinrich Heine
  39. 39. Death , William Butler Yeats
  40. 40. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. 41. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  42. 42. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  43. 43. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  44. 44. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  45. 45. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  46. 46. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  48. 48. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  49. 49. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
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