1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

Thomas Stott, "Stanzas to the Memory of Lieut. William Boyd, Son of the Rev. Henry Boyd ... who lately died ... in the Attack and Demolition of a Fort belonging to the Enemy, in the Island of Martinique" Morning Post (2 May 1804).



When, by some unexpected stroke,
Fate blasts the flow'r of Youth so fair;
When friendship's link is rudely broke,
And Hope's fond vision melts to air;
The Muse alive to Sorrow's plaintive tones,
Shares Pity's pang, Affection's suffering owns.

Yes, gallant Youth! 'twas thine to sink
Beneath Disease's tiger spring,
When Valour over Danger's brink
Had borne thee safe on Conquest's wing!
Thy arm had triumph'd o'er thy Country's foe,
When the fierce fever seiz'd, and laid her Champion low.

But in the records of the brave,
Thy memory, WILLIAM! long shall bloom:
Though Fate, beyond yon Western wave,
Far distant fix'd thy early doom,
Still shall thy name to Freedom's train be dear,
And Loyalty and Love embalm it with a tear.
Dromore.