1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Thomas Percy

F. B. H., "Inscription on the Monument of the late Dr. Percy" St. James's Chronicle (9 November 1811).



This modest stone, what few vain marbles can,
May truly say, "Here lies an honest man,"
A poet, blest beyond the poet's fate,
Whom heav'n kept sacred from the proud and great;
Foe to loud praise, and friend to learned ease,
Content with science in the vale of peace,
Calmly he look'd on either side, and here,
Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear—
Thus PERCY gave his spirit blest to heav'n,
Forgiving, as he hoped to be forgiv'n.