1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Robert Lowth

Thomas Clio Rickman, "Epitaph on Doctor Lowth, Bishop of London" Poetical Scraps (1803) 1:32.



If learning, genius, manners void of guile,
The schoolman's labour, and the Christian's toil:
If brightest parts devoted but to good,
A soul which every selfish view withstood;
If heavenly Charity's most winning charms,
And boundless love, with ever outstretch'd arms;
If all the tender and domestic train
Of private virtues, such as grace the plain;
If God's vicegerent, acting on that plan,
Which most endears, man's dignity to man,
E'er won thy heart... LOWTH'S sacred shrine survey,
And with a weeping world thy tearful tribute pay.