1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Boscawen

William Thomas Fitzgerald, "A Triubute of Friendship to the Memory of William Boscawen, Esq." Morning Post (17 May 1811).



Shall worth and learning to the grave descend,
Without one tribute from an early friend?
Forbid it, all the feelings that inspire,
And feed the flame of friendship's sacred fire!
BOSCAWEN'S gone — his death's a blow severe,
And while his children shed affliction's tear;
While they the greatest human loss deplore—
The best of fathers they shall see no more!
My lesser sorrows must be all suppress'd,
Deep in the contemplation of my breast:
There too I feel more grief than I impart,
And mourn him in the silence of the heart!
Endow'd with talents of no common hue,
He liv'd to all the ties of nature true;
And what's superior, in religion's eye,
His blameless life prepar'd him how to die!
May 15, 1811.