1638 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey

Robert Chamberlain, "On the Death of Mr. Charles Fitz-Geffrays, Minister of Gods Word" Nocturnal Lucubrations (1638; 1652) sig. H6-H6v.



O thou the saddest of the Sisters nine,
Adde to the sea of teares one teare of thine.
Unhappy I, that am constrain'd to sing
His death, whose life did make the world to ring
With echoes of his praise. A true divine
In's life and doctrine, which like lamps did shine
Till they were spent and done, did never cease
To guide our steps unto eternal peace.
Thy habitations now the starry mount,
Where thy great Maker makes of thee account.
Farewell thou splendor of the spacious West,
Above th' Aetheriall clouds for ever blest:
The losse of thee a watry mountaine reares,
With high spring-tide of our sad trickling teares.