1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Seward

Walter Scott, "Epitaph on the Rev. Thomas Seward and his Daughter Anna" 1808; New British Lady's Magazine 2 (May 1819) 211.



Amid these aisles, where once his precepts show'd,
The heaven-ward pathway which in life he trod,
This simple tablet marks a father's bier,
And those he loved in life, in death are near;
For him, for them, a daughter bade it rise,
Memorial of domestic charities.

Still wouldst thou know why o'er the marble spread,
In female grace, the willow droops her head;
Why on her branches, silent and unstrung,
The minstrel harp is emblematic hung;
What poet's voice is smothered here in dust,
Till wak'd to join the anthems of the just?
Lo, one brief line an answer sad supplies,
Honour'd, belov'd, and wept, here SEWARD lies!
Her worth, her warmth of heart, let friendship say,
Go, seek her genius in her living lay.