1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

Anonymous, "An Epigram" Universal Magazine 36 (February 1765) 99.



In lines of grief my muse is here employ'd,
To mourn the loss of Churchill and of Lloyd.
O cruel Death! could nothing you asswage,
But you must take the Genius of the age!
Regret each loss, bewail each fatal end;
Each really dy'd a martyr to his friend:
Here, decently interr'd, in sixty-four,
Limners, Poets, Statesmen, half a score;
The loss of whom all England does deplore.
Give to Charles Churchill, and to Lloyd, their due;
They had their faults and their perfections too.