ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Thomas Birch
, "On some Verses written by the Rev. Tho. Birch, A.M. upon his Wife's Coffin" Browne, Poems on Various Subjects (1739) 446.
Rev. Thomas Birch:
1739: Rev. Moses Browne
1749: Thomas Gray
1751: Thomas Edwards
1754: Elizabeth Montagu
1754: William Warburton
1780: Horace Walpole
1787: Sir John Hawkins
1791: James Boswell
1794: William Seward
1832: John Taylor Esq.
Rev. Moses Browne:
1736: James Thomson
1739: Rev. Thomas Birch
1739: Richard Savage
1749: Rev. Isaac Watts
1750: Rev. Thomas Gibbons
Thy Love's last Debt, these Funeral Lays,
Sad Office of thy widow'd Youth,
Divide our Choice, which most to praise,
The Poet's Art, or Husband's Truth.
Griev'd Orpheus' Tale is Fiction all,
Whose Songs revers'd his Consort's Doom,
Or Strains like thine wou'd sure recall
Thy dearer Partner from the Tomb.
O! once resume th' abandon'd Lyre:
In milder Notes thy Art employ;
The Muse, whom Sadness could inspire,
May well attempt the Theme of Joy.
Smile — of Cleora still possest—
Her Name thy Verse from Death shall save;
Still lives her Image in thy Breast:
And Souls can love beyond the Grave.