1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Cooper Walker

William Hayley, "Epitaph on Joseph Cooper Walker" 1810; Walker, Memoirs of Tassoni (1815) lxxii.



Of gentle manners, and a generous mind,
Friendly to Science, and to Nature kind;
Zealous to make the worth of others known,
Yet often apt to underrate his own!
Such WALKER liv'd, enjoying mental wealth,
Tho' to retirement doom'd by failing health!
Ye bards of Italy, and Erin, praise
The liberal herald of your various lays!
Endear'd to many, tho' he liv'd apart,
So widely spread the virtues of his heart;
Affection grew from letters that he penn'd,
Those who ne'er saw the Man, revere the Friend;
And yet to meet him in those regions trust
Where God appoints the union of the Just!