1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Mary Darwall, "Inscription for William Shenstone" Public Advertiser (22 February 1763).



Sir,
Insert the following in your next Paper, and you will testify your Regard to a valuable Memory, as well as oblige your unknown Well-Wisher,
LUCINDA.
Feb. 19, 1763.

On the Left Side
Of the sole Building I can call my own
Is consecrated
A MONUMENT
To the Memory of
The beloved and lamented
WILLIAM SHENSTONE:
It is formed something like an Urn,
But of a Substance so soft,
That all his Virtues
Were with Ease engraved on it;
Yet so tenacious,
They never can be erased:—
It is inscribed with Affection and Respect,
For the gentle and elegant Qualities,
Of which he was
The happy Possessor;
And stampt with the deepest Gratitude,
For the Honour he had conferred,
By his kind and condescending Notice,
On the
Thereby dignified Owner.