1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Myles Cooper

Anonymous, "To the Editor of the Morning Post" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (8 October 1785).



Sir,
An incorrect copy of an Epitaph, found among the papers of the late Dr. Myles Cooper of Edinburgh, having appeared in your paper of yesterday, you are requested to insert in some future paper the following correct copy:

Here lies a Priest of English blood,
Who living lik'd whate'er was good;
Good company, good wine, good name,
Yet never hunted after fame:
But as the first he still preferr'd,
So here he chose to be interr'd;
And, unobserv'd, from crowds withdrew,
To rest among a chosen few,
In humble hope that Sovereign Love,
Will raise him to the blest above.

You are likewise requested to contradict the paragraph, stating that Dr. C.'s library sold for 5 and the liquors in his cellar for 150 neither of them being yet sold.
October 7, 1785.