1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

P. M., "Lines written in Johnson's Lives of the Poets, at the End of the Life of Savage, and intended as an Epitaph" The News (13 December 1812) 1223.



To human frailties should thy heart
Refuse the tribute of a tear,
Ungenerous Reader! then depart,
For man, imperfect man his here.

But ah! if e'er a sigh could break,
When kindred woes have met thy view,
If e'er a drop has warm'd thy cheek,
A drop, that sacred Pity drew,

If Freedom, Nature's fire, be thine,
If Genius glow within thee, stay:
Thy friendly feet may haunt the shrine,
Where SAVAGE sinks to dust away.