1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Samuel Jackson Pratt, "Epitaph on Mrs. Robinson's Tombstone, in the Church of Old Windsor" The Monthly Magazine 11 (June 1801) 422-23.



Of Beauty's Isle, her daughters must declare,
She who sleeps here, was fairest of the fair.
But ah! while Nature on her favourite smil'd,
And Genius claim'd his share in Beauty's Child;
Ev'n as they wove a garland for her brow,
Sorrow prepar'd a willowy wreath of woe:
Mix'd lurid nightshade with the buds of May,
And twin'd her darkest cypress with the bay:
In mildew tears steep'd every opening flow'r,
Prey'd on the sweets, and gave the canker pow'r:
Yet, O may Pity's Angel, from the grave
This early victim of misfortune save!
And as she springs to everlasting morn,
May Glory's fadeless crown her soul adorn.