1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

William Hayley, Hurdis's Epitaph, 1802; Gentleman's Magazine 79 (January 1809) 43-44.



HURDIS! ingenuous Poet and Divine!
A tender sanctity of thought was thine:
To thee no sculptur'd tomb could prove so dear,
As the fond tribute of a Sister's tear.
For Earth, who shelters in her vast embrace
The sleeping myriads of the mortal race,
No heart in all that multitude has known,
Whose love fraternal could surpass thine own.