1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Henry Francis Cary, "Epitaph on the Reverend William Mason" 1797; Anna Seward, Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 5:54n.



O'er the sad shrine, to Mason's relics dear,
Pure love, and faithful friendship, shed the tear;
Meanwhile the sacred Sisters, who inspire
The lofty song, the pencil, and the lyre,
At awful distance keep celestial guard,
And mourn their lost musician, painter, bard;
Thus, in dumb eloquence, the pensive host
Contend which lov'd him best, which charm'd him most.