1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Maurice

Anonymous, "To the Memory of Rev. Thos. Maurice, A.M." Gentleman's Magazine 94 (April 1824) 359.



Maurice, the bard of Patriotism, adieu!
The Sun of Genius sets in Nature's gloom,
But still thy fame shall shine for ever new,
Thy blaze shall not be shrouded by the tomb.
Thy deep research the Brahmin's lore explain'd,
Before thee, Babel, Egypt were arraign'd,
Thy glory this — but the diviner beam
Of friendship play'd upon thy social hours,
'Twas then thy wit enliv'ned every theme,
And all electrified thy jocund powers.
Great Bard adieu! In memory ever dear,
My heart thy gen'rous friendship shall revere;
Maurice, adieu! The good, the just, thy name,
Wise, learned, loyal, canonize to Fame!
April 2.