1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Elizabeth, Countess Harcourt, "Inscription on the Urn erected to the Memory of Mr. Mason, in the Flower-Garden, at Nuneham" Daily Advertiser and Oracle (8 March 1803).



The Poet's feeling, and the Painter's eye,
In this thy lov'd retreat, we pleas'd descry.
Ah, MASON! in the scene thy fancy drest,
Oft shall the sigh of sorrow heave the breast;
Oft recollection picture to the mind
The various talents that in thee were join'd;
And while thy lofty genius well may claim
The brightest guerdon from the hand of Fame;
The simple manners, that disdain'd all art,
The genuine piety that warm'd thy heart;
Thy steady friendship, justly might require
Numbers like those that once inform'd thy lyre!
Ah, fruitless wish! for ever mute that strain,
And numbers worthy thee, we ask in vain.