1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798) 358-59.



But whence that groan? no more Britannia sleeps,
But o'er her lost Musaeus bends and weeps.
Lo! every Grecian, every British Muse,
Scatters the recent flow'rs and gracious dews,
Where MASON lies; he sure their influence felt,
And in his breast each soft affection dwelt,
That Love and Friendship know; each sister art,
With all that Colours and that Sounds impart;
All that the sylvan theatre can grace,
All in the soul of Mason "FOUND THEIR PLACE!"
Low sinks the laurell'd head; in Mona's land
I see them pass, 'tis Mador's drooping band,
To harps of woe in holiest obsequies,
"In yonder grave, they chant, OUR DRUID lies!"