1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

R. H., "Verses on hearing of the Death of Gray the Poet" Scots Magazine 33 (September 1771) 484.



Hark how the solemn Death-bell's sound,
With deep and hollow moan,
Proclaims to all the hamlets round,
Melodious GRAY is gone.

Deep, nervous, mellow was thy verse,
And solemn was thy measure,
As is that knell that calls thy hearse
To yield its deadly treasure!

Yet mourn not, Britons; tho' he's gone,
And hence has ta'en his wing;
To heaven let's hope he now has flown,
Sublimer hymns to sing.
Hamilton, Aug. 18.