1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

George Dyer, "On Visiting the Tomb of David Hume" Poems (1802) 1:92.



And, such wast thou, sagacious moralist,
Whose lessons shine not only in thy works,
Thy life was moral: and may I condemn
The man of searching mind, who systems weigh'd
In judgment's nicer scale, and yielded not
His weight of faith, when he durst not believe?
Nor less with grace, and ease, and dignity
Chasten'd, the historian shines, tho' not bestarr'd
With fancies luminous: — yet does the page
Spread a mild lustre round; nor shall the speck
That lightly passes o'er, eclipse its beams.