1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Erasmus Darwin, "Inscription for the Monument of the Rev. W. Mason" Poetical Register for 1801 (1802) 139.



These awful mansions of the laurelled dead,
Oft shall the Muse of Melancholy tread;
The wreck of valour, and of genius mourn,
And point with pallid hand to Mason's urn;
Oft shall she gather from his garden bowers,
Fictitious foliage, and ideal flowers;
Weave the bright wreath, to worth departed just,
And hang the unfading chaplets on his bust:
While pale Elfrida, bending o'er his bier,
Breathes the soft sigh, and sheds the graceful tear,
And stern Caractacus, with brow depressed,
Clasps the cold marble to his mailed breast;
In lucid troops shall choral Virgins throng,
With voice alternate chaunt their Poet's song,
And tune "in golden characters record
Each firm immutable eternal word."