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An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog - Poem by Oliver Goldsmith

Good people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song;
And if you find it wondrous short,
It cannot hold you long.

In Islington there was a man
Of whom the world might say,
That still a godly race he ran—
Whene'er he went to pray.

A kind and gentle heart he had,
To comfort friends and foes;
The naked every day he clad—
When he put on his clothes.

And in that town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be,
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound,
And curs of low degree.

This dog and man at first were friends;
But when a pique began,
The dog, to gain some private ends,
Went mad, and bit the man.

Around from all the neighbouring streets
The wond'ring neighbours ran,
And swore the dog had lost its wits
To bite so good a man.

The wound it seemed both sore and sad
To every Christian eye;
And while they swore the dog was mad,
They swore the man would die.

But soon a wonder came to light
That showed the rogues they lied,—
The man recovered of the bite,
The dog it was that died!


Comments about An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog by Oliver Goldsmith

  • Gold Star - 9,580 Points Amar Agarwala (5/27/2016 7:15:00 PM)

    Never remember reading a more stunning elegy. One of the marvels penned down by Oliver Goldsmith. It deserves a perfect 10! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 10,324 Points Abderrahmane Dakir (2/28/2016 9:17:00 AM)

    Nice poem abut the loyal dogs. Thank you Mr. Olivier for this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 529 Points Brian Jani (5/5/2014 4:13:00 AM)

    Nice poem Oliver (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 51. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  2. 52. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  3. 53. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  4. 54. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  5. 55. Enemy Of Death , Salvatore Quasimodo
  6. 56. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  7. 57. Death Sets A Thing Of Signigicant , Emily Dickinson
  8. 58. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  9. 59. Death The Leveller , James Shirley
  10. 60. Death, That Struck When I Was Most Confi.. , Emily Jane Brontë
  11. 61. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  12. 62. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  13. 63. Passing On (Death Death Death Death De.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  14. 64. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  15. 65. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  16. 66. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  17. 67. A Death - Scene , Emily Jane Brontë
  18. 68. Sonnet 66: Tired With All These, For Res.. , William Shakespeare
  19. 69. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  20. 70. Death Of A Poet , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  21. 71. Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) , Heinrich Heine
  22. 72. On The Death Of A Youn Gentleman , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 73. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  24. 74. O Death, O Death, Rock Me Asleep , Anonymous
  25. 75. Death Snips Proud Men , Carl Sandburg
  26. 76. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  27. 77. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  28. 78. Apparent Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  29. 79. The Death-Bed , Siegfried Sassoon
  30. 80. The Death And Last Confession Of Wanderi.. , Hilaire Belloc
  31. 81. The Death Of Santa Claus , Charles Harper Webb
  32. 82. Death , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  33. 83. Laughter And Death , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  34. 84. Bereavement In Their Death To Feel , Emily Dickinson
  35. 85. Death Is Potential To That Man , Emily Dickinson
  36. 86. To A Lady On The Death Of Her Husband , Phillis Wheatley
  37. 87. On The Death Of J.C. An Infant , Phillis Wheatley
  38. 88. A Death Song , William Morris
  39. 89. On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Prac.. , Samuel Johnson
  40. 90. Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of Jam.. , William Wordsworth
  41. 91. On The Death Of Dr. Samuel Marshall , Phillis Wheatley
  42. 92. Whispers Of Heavenly Death , Walt Whitman
  43. 93. Death Of A Believer , Rudyard Kipling
  44. 94. The Morning That Death Was Killed , Steve Turner
  45. 95. Death , Yaseen Anwer
  46. 96. Love And Death , Sara Teasdale
  47. 97. Death , Thomas Hood
  48. 98. Death , Bill Knott
  49. 99. In Memoriam 82: I Wage Not Any Feud With.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  50. 100. For Death—or Rather , Emily Dickinson
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