1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Charles Lamb, "To Samuel Rogers, Esq." 1829; Works (1847) 2:415.



Rogers, of all the men that I have known
But slightly, who have died, your brother's loss
Touch'd me most sensibly. There came across
My mind an image of the cordial tone
Of your fraternal meetings, where a guest
I more than once have sat; and grieve to think,
That of that threefold cord one precious link
By Death's rude hand is sever'd from the rest.
Of our old gentry he appear'd a stem—
A magistrate who, while the evil-doer
He kept in terror, could respect the poor,
And not for every trifle harass them,
As some divine, and laic, too oft do.
This man's a private loss, and public too.