ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Clio, "Extempore, on seeing Mr. Cunningham's Monument in St. John's Church yard, Newcastle" Newcastle Chronicle (1 November 1783).
1764: James Woodhouse
1765: T. O.
1766: J. R.
1766: C. B., M.D.
1766: Author of the Cook's Tale
1773: John Cunningham
1773: J. W.
1773: W. K-x, jun.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1774: H. W.
1775: W. Holland
1776: William Hawkins
1778: William Hawkins
1789: Mr. Tyson
1789: John Williams
1790 ca.: Joseph Ritson
1802: George Saville Carey
1802: David Carey
1804: William Mudford
1809: Stephen George Kemble
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1922: Iolo Williams
1777: Rev. William Dodd
1778: Bp. Beilby Porteus
1783: John Cunningham
1783: James Thomson
1784: Samuel Johnson
1787: Bp. Robert Lowth
1810: Samuel Miller Waring
1824: Lord Byron
Here, gentle Spirit! let me stay,
And view this monument of stone;
This frail memorial of a day,
Whose letters make thy exit known.
This monument, this solid base,
Shall mingle with thy native dust;
No vestige left to mark the place,
Where lately stood the sculptur'd bust.
But the sweet Muse shall weave the wreath
Of sprouting laurels to adorn
Thy placid brow; nor sullen Death
Thy name wrap in oblivion's urn.
This tender myrtle on thy tomb
I plant with kind unceasing woe;
That, as it droops, his final doom
Each passenger may see and know.
When daisies dank, and lilies sweet,
Bloom on the meadow's margent green;
Their flowers I'll strew upon thy feet,
And softer make thy clay-cold scene.
That little linnet on the spray,
Which daily chaunts on yonder yew,
Still wails with plaintive notes the day
Thou badst this life — a long Adieu!
Hail, gentle Shade! if now on high
Thou sit'st in radiant light array'd,
Cast on a youth a genial eye,
And then Farewell — thou gentle Shade!
Newcastle, Oct. 13, 1783.