1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

T. H., "Epitaph for Shenstone" Lloyd's Evening Post (23 February 1763) 178.



Feb. 10, 1763.
SIR,
You, who have so long dealt in the literary way, cannot be ignorant or insensible of the loss, which the whole region of Genius sustains by the death of that truly good man, Mr. Shenstone.
To oblige an intimate friend of his, and an encourager of yours, pray insert the under-written in your next paper.

M.S. GULIELMI SHENSTONE!
Ah! Gulielme!
Hominum dignissime,
Amicorum integerrime,
Indole optima,
Eruditione praeipue diffusa,
Moribus gratissimis,
Ac Corde quam maxime benigno
Praedite,
Morte eheu! praematura abrepte.
Ah, Gulielme,
Vale!
"Quanto minus est
Cum aliis versari,
Quam tui meminisse."
T. H.

N.B. The last passage is exactly copied from part of an Inscription on an urn in Mr. Shenstone's grounds, to the memory of a friend.