1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Smith

Jacob Bryant, "Epitaph in Egham Churchyard, on Mrs. Eliza Smith" Poetical Register for 1810-11 (1814) 254.



Here flourish'd once, whilst Heaven did life impart,
A soul seraphic, and the purest heart;
With learning, candour, a capacious mind,
Blest with discernment, and a taste refin'd;
Soft and engaging converse; and the while
A pleasing look, and ever-winning smile.
Add each fair virtue, every grace full blown,
Known to the world, but to herself unknown.
From Wisdom's sacred fount she early drew
Knowledge divine, and practis'd what she knew.
To all alike her friendly help display'd:
Where Pity prompted, Charity obey'd.
Such was her worth; whate'er was wanting here
Is now completed in a happier sphere.