1840 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Evelyn

Bernard Barton, "John Evelyn," 1840 ca.; in Memoir, Letters, and Poems (1850) 306.



A true philosopher! well taught to scan
The works of nature, those of art to prize;
The latter cordially to patronize,
But the first, their AUTHOR, and their plan,
Giving that homage of far ampler span
Awarded by the good, the great, the wise:
A hearty lover of old household ties;
And, to crown all, a Christian gentleman!
Such wert thou, EVELYN, in a busy age
Of restless change, to dissipation prone;
And, at thy death, upon thy coffin-stone,
Hast left this record, worthy many a page,
That "all not honest," on this mortal stage,
"Is vain! and nothing wise save piety alone."