1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

Edwin, "Lines occasion'd by reading Mr. Gray's Elegy in a Country Church Yard" Ladies' Literary Cabinet [New York] NS 5 (22 December 1821) 55.



Bard of Albion rest, thy lay is o'er:
Oh, who shall tune thy lofty lyre again!
Oh! who on seraphs wings like thee shall soar,
Or swell so high the sweet the glowing strain.

Sweet be thy rest upon thy clayey bed,
And gentle be the dew that there descends,
Soft lay the turf upon thy low-laid head,
And mournful be the yew that o'er thee bends!
Newark, Nov. 17, 1821.