1718 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

Anonymous, "On a Monument intended to be erected for Mr. Rowe, by his Widow; written before Mr. Dryden's was set up" Collection of Epigrams (1727) No. LXVII.



Thy reliques, Rowe, to this fair shrine we trust,
And, sacred, place by Dryden's aweful dust.
Beneath a rude and nameless stone he lies,
To which thy tomb shall guide inquiring eyes;
Peace to thy gentle shade and endless rest,
Blest in thy genius, in thy love too blest;
One grateful woman, to thy fame, supply'd,
What a whole thankless land to his deny'd.