1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Cunningham

Anonymous, "John Cunningham's Inscription" Newcastle Chronicle (19 March 1774).



This week an elegant tombstone, executed by Mr. Drummond of this town, was set up in St. John's church-yard, to the memory of the late ingenious Mr. John Cunningham: — The following is the inscription thereon.

Here lie the Remains of
JOHN CUNNINGHAM.
Of his Excellence
As a Pastoral Poet,
His Works will remain a Monument,
For Ages
After this temporary Tribute of Esteem
Is in Dust forgotten.
He died in Newcastle, Sept 18, 1773,
Aged 44.

The distinguished talents Mr. Cunningham possessed in the pastoral walk, are so much applauded by every lover of pastoral simplicity, that many of his admirers have it in agitation to erect a monument to his memory in St. John's church.