1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

William Duncombe, "To the Memory of Mr. Hughes" 1720; Hughes, Poetical Works (1735) 1:lxix.



If for Our-selves the Tears profusely flow,
Too justly we indulge the tender Woe,
Since Thou in Virtue's Robes wast richly drest,
And of fine Arts Abundantly possest!
But if we rather should congratulate
A Friend's Enlargement and exalted State;
Resign'd to Providence, what can we less
Than chearful hail thy long'd-for Happiness,
Who now releas'd from ev'ry piercing Pain,
Dost in the Realms of Light Triumphant reign!