1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

John Corry, "Elegy, written at the Tomb of Thomson, in Richmond Church, on Sunday the Fifth of August, 1792" Odes and Elegies (1797) 87.



Ah, virtuous Bard! how sadly-silent lies
Thy tuneful tongue, that, with melodious sound,
Sung GOD'S amazing works — the lofty skies
With glory beaming — earth with beauty crown'd.

Tho' here thy mortal part, in humble dust,
Lies underneath this sacred roof, interr'd;
Thy happy soul, united to the just,
Meets the reward thy wish to fame preferr'd.

The brazen tablet, a memorial here,
May moulder; but thy name shall never die:
For, in thy works, to Truth and Genius dear,
Shine, love to man, and love to GOD most high.