1743 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

Anonymous, Rowe's Epitaph in Westminster Abbey; Daily Advertiser (20 June 1743).



The following Inscription is on the Monument erecting between Shakespear's and Gay's, in Westminster-Abbey, to the Memory of Nathaniel Rowe, Esq; Poet Laureat.

Thy Reliques, Rowe, to this sad Shrine we trust,
And near thy Shakespear's, place thy honour'd Bust:
Oh! next him skill'd to draw the tender Tear,
For never Heart felt Passion more sincere:
To noble Sentiments to fire the Brave;
For never Briton more disdain'd a Slave.
Peace to the gentle Shade, and endless Rest;
Blest in thy Genius, in thy Love too blest:
And blest that timely from our Scene remov'd,
Thy Soul enjoys that Liberty it lov'd.
And underneath,
To these, so mourn'd in Death, so lov'd in Life,
The childless Parent, and the widow'd Wife,
With Tears inscribes this Monumental Stone,
That holds their Ashes, and expects her own.