1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

F. T. C., "Sonnet, on the much-lamented Death of William Cowper" Gentleman's Magazine 70 (July 1800) 668.



By hands unseen, to shield thy earthly bed,
Where weeping Virtues o'er thy cold turf bend,
And mourn the early doom of their lov'd friend,
Shall sweetest flow'rs of earliest bloom be spread.
Here shall the village maids and youths repair;
Here shall the kindred soul, that loves to grieve,
Still linger o'er thy sylvan grave at eve,
And weep thy fate. Here shall the red-breast bear
The hoary moss and flow'rs to deck the clay
That shields from mould'ring dews the poet's breast;
While, pensive wand'ring thro the grass-grown way,
At eve, the kindred Muse, in sable drest,
Breathes her sad dirges o'er the lifeless clay,
And hymns with sainted voice his soil to rest.
July 18.