1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Beilby Porteus

Thomas Maurice, in "To the Right Reverend Beilby Lord Bishop of London, on his Translation to that See, in 1787," Poems (1800) 106.



Thy pious strains the Grave itself illume,
While darting deep through night's sepulchral gloom,
Thy solemn muse, by midnight phantoms led,
"Woos Death" in bowers of baleful cypress shrin'd,
Paints its black terrors to the guilty mind,
But bids expiring faith in triumph lift her head.

Note: Alluding to the Bishop's noble, and pathetic, but to the great loss of the poetical works, only published poem, entitled DEATH.