1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Robert Lowth

Clio, "Epitaph, on Dr. Lowth — late Bishop of London" The World (20 November 1787).



READER!
If Learning, Genius, Manners void of guile,
The Schoolman's labour, and the Christian's toil;
If Charity's wide wish, and winning charms,
And boundless Love, with ever outstretch'd arms;
If all the tender, and domestic train,
Of private Virtues, we deplore in vain—
If God's Vicegerents, acting on the plan
Which most endears, MAN'S DIGNITY TO MAN:
E'er won thy heart — LOWTH'S sacred shrine survey,
And with a weeping World, thy tearful tribute pay.

* The fourth line was supposed to be written at the sign of the SPREAD EAGLE.