1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Paul Allen, "To the Memory of that excellent English Poet — Cowper" South-Carolina State Gazette and Timothy's Daily Adviser [Charleston] (23 April 1802).



A Muse who never bow'd the knee
To haughty Greatness, Wealth, or pow'r,
Presents with trembling hands to thee
The tribute of a fading flow'r.

Not so the garland Heaven bestows,
Wove by the hallow'd hands of Fame:
The wreath, celestial flowers compose,
Shall bloom perennial round thy name.

Thy voice proclaim'd to guilty men
REPENTANCE shall a pardon find;
While TRUTH, resplendent from thy oen,
Flash'd terrors on the Atheist mind.

RELIGION pensively shall turn,
With sorrow streaming from her eyes
And pointing to thy hallow'd urn,
Exclaim, "'Tis there my champion lies."

The sweet Reward that waits the Just,
The praise of ever doing well,
Shall pour a radiance round thy Bust,
And Time's oblivious touch repel.