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James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

October 26

On William Hogarth—In Chiswick Churchyard

By Anonymous

  • William Hogarth, the great English artist, engraver, and cartoonist, died on Oct. 26, 1764.

  • FAREWELL, great painter of mankind,

    Who reached the noblest point of art:

    Whose pictured morals charm the mind,

    And through the eye correct the heart!

    If genius fire thee, reader stay;

    If nature touch thee, drop a tear;

    If neither move thee, turn away,

    For Hogarth’s honoured dust lies here.