1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Jenner

Lady Craven, "To the Memory of Charles Jenner" General Evening Post (30 November 1786).



TO THE MEMORY
OF CHARLES JENNER,
CLERK, M.A.
VICAR OF THIS PARISH,
WHO DIED MAY 11, 1774, AGED 38.

Here in the earth's cold bosom lies entomb'd
A man, whose sense by every virtue grac'd,
Made each harmonious Muse obey his lyre:
Nor shall th' erasing hand of powerful Time
Obliterate his name, dear to each tuneful breast,
And dearer still to soft Humanity;
For oft the sympathetic tear would start
Unbidden from his eye; another's woe
He read, and felt it as his own.

Reader,
It is not Flattery or Pride that rais'd
To his remains this modest stone; nor yet
Did partial fondness trace these humble lines,
But weeping Friendship, taught by Truth alone,
To give, if possible, in future days,
A faint idea to the race to come,
That here reposeth all the mortal part
Of one, who only liv'd to make his friends,
And all the world, regret he e'er should die.
E. C. 1775.