1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

Richard Rolt, "Epitaph on Ambrose Phillips" The Student 1 (16 September 1750) 356.



Ye lovers of the muse! oh thou whose breast
Glows with her raptures, be the joys supprest!
Here PHILLIPS lies! — Mute is the charming lyre,
That harmonized the tender Sapphic fire:
Ah! silent is the Theocritian reed,
That ev'n the pipe of MARO could exceed!
For ever mute! — Lo! Britain's genius weeps!
MELPOMONE sits pensive where her PHILLIPS sleeps!
Who now shall the brave hero's deeds rehearse,
In all the solemn pomp of tragic verse?
Ah! few, too few, adorn the British shore,
Since SHAKESPEARE, ROWE, and PHILLIPS are now more.