1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

Anonymous, "An Epitaph on the late Lord Lyttelton" General Evening Post (18 September 1773).



If worth exalted to thy soul be dear,
A moment stay, and rop one gen'rous tear
On LYTTELTON, whose never-dying verse
Strew'd sacred honors round his Lucy's hearse,
But private virtues great as man cou'd boast,
Are with the Citizen and Patriot lost:
His eloquence oppressive pow'r withstood;
The guilty trembled, whilst he charm'd the good:
Historic lore was his; each well-wrought page
Explains Britannia's rights from age to age.
Such, such was LYTTELTON — yet sorrow shed
Her baleful poison round his laurel'd head,
And home-felt woes have laid him with the dead.
Mourn, Britons, mourn! not for the titled Peer,
But for the Man to whom mankind was dear.