1743 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

Anonymous, "Epitaph on the late R—d S—e, Esq." Gentleman's Magazine 13 (September 1743) 490.



Whom Phoebus favour'd, on whom fortune frown'd
Lies deep, beneath this consecrated ground;
S—e the name — he was design'd by fate,
That err'd at his conception, to be great;
And such he was, in boundless wit and pride,
Title and heir his mother's lust deny'd.
His life was want, yet could his duteous verse
The Cruel's praise, that help witheld, rehearse.
Danger extreme, th' unhappy lawless knew,
And woes he felt, as woes were all his due;
Twice sov'reign mercy found, a Queen to save,
From pitying heav'n, to end his cares, a grave.