1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Capel Lofft

Richard Hatt, "Sonnet. Sacred to the Memory of Capel Lofft, Esq." The Literary Chronicle 6 (26 June 1824) 412.



Scarce had the muse bewept her Byron's doom,
And strew'd the laurels o'er his early tomb;
Scarce had the tear that love and pity shed
O'er worth rever'd — now number'd with the dead!
Dried up the source and fountain of his breath,
When Lofft resign'd his spirit unto death!
Like him in genius and in worth allied,
And left a blank not easily supplied!
O muse endear'd to every tender heart,
Peace to thy manes, and gentle be thy rest!
Long may the willow its fond branches wave,
Whilst the sweet nightingale, perch'd on thy grave,
Sings to the list'ning vale and shady grove
Thy matchless song — to Laura — and to love!
15th June, 1824.