1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

Edward Cummins, aged fourteen, "Lines on the Death of the unfortunate, yet matchless Thomas Dermody" Cummins, Miscellaneous Poetic Works (1808) 106-07.



Consign'd to dust, beneath this stone,
In beauteous manhood's prime,
Lies DERMODY, who died unknown,
In bleak misfortune's clime.

Lov'd by the MUSE — but lov'd in vain,
'Twas FATE that urg'd him on;
By wretches lur'd, who had for gain,
Poor DERMODY undone.

His heart then sunk beneath the storm,
(Sad meed of unexampled truth)
And sorrow, like an envious worm,
Devour'd the blossom of his youth.

Beneath this stone the youth is laid,
O! greet his ashes with a tear!
May Heav'n, with blessings, crown his shade,
And grant that peace he wanted here.