1732 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Francis Atterbury

Samuel Wesley the younger, "An Ode of the Death of Bishop Atterbury," 1732; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 3:65.



Hail, happy Sire! the pain of life is o'er,
Stranger and wandering pilgrim no more,
At home, at rest, secure in blissful skies,
Where envy drops its snakes, and Fraud its guise.
See seraph guards the starry crown prepare!
See smiling angels fly to greet thee there! . . .
When pyramids, unfaithful to their trust,
Crumble to atoms with the founder's dust;
When solid marble mould'ring, wastes away,
And desert lies the monumental clay;
Thou shalt live, to deathless Fame consign'd,
Live like the best and bravest of mankind!