6 CHARLES STEWART PARNELL
to his fame by bringing out an edition of his works, and dedicating the volume in immortal lines to the Earl of Oxford:
' Such were the notes, thy once-loved poet sung, 'Till death untimely stopp'd his tuneful tongue. Oh, just beheld, and lost! admired and mourn'd, With softest manners, gentlest arts, adorn'd I Blest in each science, blest in every strain! Dear to the muse, to Harley dear in vain! For him thou oft hast bid the world attend, Fond to forget the statesman in the friend: For Swift and him, despis'd the farce of state, The sober follies of the wise and great ; Dext'rous the craving fawning crowd to quit, And pleas'd to 'scape from flattery to wit. Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear (A sigh the absent claims, the dead a tear); Recall those nights that closed thy toilsome days, Still hear thy Parnell in his living lays: Who careless, now, of interest, fame, or fate, Perhaps forgets that Oxford ere was great, Or, deeming meanest what we greatest call, Behold thee glorious only in thy fall.'
The family property now descended to. the poet's brother John. Beyond the fact that he was a barrister, a member of Parliament, and a judge, little js known of the details of John ParnelTs life. Married to the sister of Lord Chief Justice Whitshed, he died in 1727, leaving one son, John, who became member for Bangor in 1761, and was created a baronet in 1766. He married the second daughter of the Hon. Michael Ward, of Castleward, in the County Down, one §f the judges of the Court of King's Bench, and, dying in 1782, was succeeded by his famons son, Sir John Parnell, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Grfattan's Parliament. .". " • '' "