1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

M., "Sonnet to the Memory of the Poet Cowper" Gentleman's Magazine 71 (February 1801) 165.



Whilst deathless bards the warrior's deeds proclaim;
With martial notes whilst echoing trumpets swell;
Whilst History proudly consecrates the name
Of those who bravely fought, or nobly fell;
Say, must the sons of Peace expire unknown?
And shall no bust to Cowper's fame arise?
No sculptur'd brass, no monumental stone
Record where Nature's fav'rite poet lies?
Fruitless th' applause which Art alone can pay;
The wise, the good, thy memory must revere:
To thee each sorrowing Muse attune her lay,
And Taste, and Genius, drop the silent tear.
This be thy meed, blest Spirit! thus enshrin'd,
To live for ever in each feeling mind.