1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Jenner

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:397-98.



CHARLES JENNER was born in the year 1737, and educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge; where he took the degrees of B.A. 1757, M.A. 1760, and obtained the Seaton prizes in the years 1767 and 1769. He was rector of Cramford St. John, in Northamptonshire; and vicar of Claybrook, in Leicestershire; and died on the 11th of May 1774. See Biblioth. Topograph. Brit. No. 51, p. 79. He was the author of several poems and novels, and of the following dramatic pieces: 1. Lucinda. D. E. 12mo. 1770. 2. The Man of Family. Sent. Com. 8vo. 1771; 12mo. 1771 Dublin. An elegant monument was erected to his memory, in Claybrook church, by a lady of very exalted rank; on which is the following epitaph:

Here in the earth's cold bosom lies entomb'd
A man, whose sense, by ev'ry virtue grac'd,
Made each harmonious Muse obey his lyre:
Nor shall th' erasing hand of powerful Time
Obliterate his name, dear to each tuneful breast,
And dearer still to soft humanity:
For oft the sympathetic tear would start
Unbidden from his eye. Another's woe
He read, and felt it as his own.

READER,
It is not flattery, nor pride, that rais'd
To his remains this modest stone; nor yet
Did partial fondness trace these humble lines:
But weeping friendship, taught by truth alone,
To give, if possible, in future days,
A faint idea to the race to come,
That here reposeth all the mortal part
Of one, who only liv'd to make his friends,
And all the world, regret he e'er should die.
E. C—. 1775.