1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Dr. J. Crane, "On the late Rev. William Mason, A.M." Gentleman's Magazine 67 (April 1797) 328.



The Muses, struck with horror and despair,
Mourn their lov'd Mason, number'd with the dead,
And, frantic, pluck the laurel from their hair,
Placing the baleful cypress in its stead.

Mistaken Nine, your causeless grief restrain,
Suppress each needless tear, each useless sigh,
Nor, void of hope, continue to complain,
For know, your fav'rite bard can never die.

The brazen monument, the marble bust,
Through length of time, will moulder, and decay,
The mortal frame return once more to dust,
"The spirit, freed, enjoy eternal day."