1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

B. T., "Cowley's Epitaph" The Star (17 August 1802).



Traveller, mark this little Shed:—
Here lies the living COWLEY, dead;
Escap'd the toils of human strife,
And rais'd upon the Map of Life!

Pale POVERTY with frenzied stare,
And LUXURY'S inactive glare,
And WEALTH and POWER, that entertain
None but the Little and the Vain,
Far from this lowly Shelter fly,
The Shelter of an enemy!

Yes: to the World is COWLEY dead,
And this small lap of Earth his bed!—
O, Traveller, lightly print his Clay,
And chase his ev'ning Cares away;
Around in fairest dress dispose
The Violet and short-liv'd Rose;
Ye Flow'rets, yield your sweetest breath
(Ye that have charms for LIFE in DEATH),
And deck, while one small spark survive,
The Ashes that are yet ALIVE!
London, Aug. 10.