1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

Anonymous, in Westminster Abbey, an Heroic Poem (1749) 33-35.



Thy lov'd Remains, and wide-expanding Fame,
Thrice honour'd ROWE! the Muses' Tribute claim.
Good-nature, upright Heart, an easy Mien,
Grac'd all thy Actions, in thy Life were seen;
And great thy Genius in the Tragic Scene.
Victorious Tamerlane, 'mid Conquest mild,
Indulgent treats the Prince, his Prowess foil'd:
The brave Tartarian Hero can forgive
His vaulting Slave, and bids the vanquish'd live.
The turban'd Turk his gen'rous Terms disdains,
Indignant smiles in Gyves, and storms in Chains.
Lo! fair Calista's soft Distress will prove
The dire Effects of fond, but guilty Love:
Remorse unfeign'd, and Penitence sincere,
On Pity's Cheek imprint the pearly Tear.
See filial Grief in Sorrow's Veil appears,
Rob'd in the silent Eloquence of Tears.