ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, Rowe's Epitaph in Westminster Abbey; Daily Advertiser (20 June 1743).
1701: William Shippen
1703 ca.: Anonymous
1715: Thomas Hearne
1718 ca.: Anonymous
1719: Susanna Centlivre
1719: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1719: Nicholas Amhurst
1720: Giles Jacob
1722: Matthew Concanen
1728: James Ralph
1756: Rev. Joseph Warton
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1820: Isaac D'Israeli
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1862: Thomas Arnold
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.
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.