1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Seward

Anne Hunter?, "Elegy to the Memory of William Seward" European Magazine 35 (May 1799) 334.



Say, shall the Muse, the Muse to SEWARD dear,
Fail to the mournful rites her aid to lend?
Refuse to place her chaplet on his bier,
Nor give a tear to her departed friend?

Ah no! she weeps — for in thy silent grave
The kindly mild affections wake no more;
Cold is that heart, where bounteous Nature gave
Of warm benevolence her richest store.

Those powers by Heaven assign'd, by time improved,
Still to some fair, some honest purpose led;
To cherish modest worth, thy spirit loved,
To aid desert, and raise the drooping head.

The pride of learning, wit's resplendent ray,
The powers of genius, dazzling as they shine,
Before thy social virtues fade away,
Nor shall their loss be felt, be mourn'd like thine.
A. H.