1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Hopkinson

Anonymous, "Lines, sacred to the Memory of the late Judge Hopkinson" City Gazette And Daily Advertiser [Charleston] (27 July 1791).



Grief! from our presence vanish! — cease to rend
Those hearts, which gentler passions should befriend.
I see thy pallid cheeks suffus'd with tears;
Thy agonizing groans assail my ears.
Yes; he is gone — and Genius has confess'd,
O death! thy empire o'er the human breast,
Yet, whilst on earth esteem'd, belov'd, admir'd,
The sage to everlasting bliss aspir'd;
And views, whilst heav'n with strains of rapture rings,
The judge of judges and the king of kings.