1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Wesley

Anonymous, "Epitaph on a Tombstone in the Burying-Ground in the City Road" Newcastle Chronicle (17 December 1791).



TO THE MEMORY OF
The Venerable JOHN WESLEY, A.M.
Late Fellow of Lincoln-College Oxford.
This great Light arose,
By the singular Providence of GOD,
To enlighten these Nations,
And to revive, enforce, and defend
The Pure Apostolical Doctrine and Practice of
THE PRIMITIVE CHURCH,
Which he continued to defend, both by his
Labours and his Writings,
For more than half a century;
And who, to his inexpressible joy,
Not only beheld their influence extending,
And their efficacy witnessed
In the hearts and lives of many thousands,
As well in the Western World as in these kingdoms,
But also, far above all Human Power or Expectation,
Lived to see Provision made, by the singular Grace of GOD,
For their Continuance and Establishment,
To the joy of future Generations.
Reader, if thou art constrain'd to bless the instrument,
Give GOD the Glory.
After having languished a few days, he at length finished
His Course and his Life together,
Gloriously triumphing over Death,
March 2d, Anno Domini 1791,
In the 88th year of his age.