1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Merry

Anonymous, "Epitaph on Merry, the Della-Cruscan Poet" City Gazette And Daily Advertiser [Charleston] (19 April 1799).



His forward muse at variance with his name,
Poor Merry sighs for praise, and whines for fame.
Merry is gone — No Merry-maker he,
For he is dead without posterity!
His tragic wife alone he Merry made,
She's Merry still in honour to his shade;
But when her time's expir'd for looking sad,
Quite tir'd of being Merry, she'll be glad,
Give birth to native transports and repent
Past scenes of unprolific Merriment;
Or holding cheap poetic gegaw fame,
To taste substantial mirth forego the name.
Weep o'er these rhymes, for if you dare to laugh,
He'll rise and tear the quibbling epitaph:
Stay till his shade has fairly cross'd the Ferry,
Then damn his "Pains of Memory," and be Merry.