1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Duchess of Devonshire, "On the Death of Sir William Jones" 1794; Censura Literaria 4 (1807) 300-01.



Unbounded learning, thoughts by genius fram'd,
To guide the bounteous labours of his pen,
Distinguished him, whom kindred ages nam'd,
"The most enlightened of the sons of men."

Upright through life, as in his death resign'd,
His actions spoke a pure and ardent breast;
Faithful to God, and friendly to mankind,
His friends revered him, and his country blest.

Admired and valued in a distant land,
His gentle manners all affection won;
The prostrate Hindu own'd his fostering hand,
And Science mark'd him for her fav'rite son.

Regret and praise the general voice bestows,
And public sorrows with domestic blend;
But deeper yet must be the grief of those,
Who while the sage they honour'd, lov'd the friend.