1747 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Trapp

Anonymous, Inscription for Joseph Trapp, 1747 ca.; Universal Magazine 4 (May 1749) 226.



Twenty-six years Minister of the united Parishes of Christ-Church, in Newgate Street, and St. Leonard, Foster-Lane, London, who was buried in the Church of Harlington, in Middlesex, of which also he was Rector.
In grateful acknowledgement of the benefits received by the ministry of so excellent a Preacher, and so valuable a Friend, several of his hearers have, at their own expence, erected this Monument.

Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell, think, Christians, think.
You stand on vast eternity's dread brink;
Faith and repentance, piety, and pray'r,
Despise this world, the next be all your care:
Thus while my tomb the solemn silence breaks,
And to the eyes this cold, dumb marble speaks,
Tho' dead I preach; if e'er with ill success,
Living, I strove th' important truths to press,
Your precious, your immortal soul to save,
Hear me, at last, O hear me, from my grave.