1739 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Birch

Moses Browne, "On some Verses written by the Rev. Tho. Birch, A.M. upon his Wife's Coffin" Browne, Poems on Various Subjects (1739) 446.



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.