1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

Cornelius Webb, "Dermody's Grave" Webb, Sonnets (1820) 18.



Tread with the soft, slow step of reverence
Above these still apartments of the dead;
Not that the echo of our heaviest tread
Would break Death's slumber. Here Intemperance
Lies dumbly, soberly; th' unrein'd madness
He revell'd and delighted in, is spent,
And fallen into this melancholy sadness;
The glibsome tongue, whose speech was merriment,
And wit, and poetry, and knowledge, moulders
In the dark hollow of the fleshless jaws;
The ear that drank the poison of applause
Is deaf, though fame's voice speak to it. — Beholders
Of this young grave, it doth become ye sigh
For one who liv'd so madly — died so miserably!