1752 ca.
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

[Additional Stanzas for Gray's Elegy.]

Gentleman's Magazine 52 (March 1782) 120.

Thomas Edwards


Two undated elegiac quatrains, posthumously published in 1782. One might compare the various supplements to Collins's Ode on the Passions introduced to fill out the topic of "Love."

Headnote: "March 3. Mr. Urban, The late Mr. Edwards, author of the Canons of Criticism, who, though an old batchelor also, was more attentive to the fair sex than the Pindaric Mr. Gray, endeavoured to supply what he thought a defect in the admired Church-yard Elegy, by adding the two following stanzas (which I do not remember to have seen in print) immediately after, "Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood.' A. B." p. 120.

Headnote in Port Folio [Philadelphia]: "We were greatly pleased with the following lines, which were written by a gentleman of acknowledged talents and literature, to be inserted in Gray's celebrated elegy. Mr. Edwards, the author of The Canons of Criticism, who, though a bachelor, was more attentive to the fair sex than the pindaric Mr. Gray, thought there was a defect in the elegy which might be advantageously supplied, and for that purpose wrote the following stanzas, which he intended to introduce immediately after 'Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood'" S3 6 (October 1815) 396-97.



Some lovely fair, whose unaffected charms
Shone with attraction to herself unknown,
Whose beauty might have blest a monarch's arms,
And virtue cast a lustre on the throne:

That humble beauty warm'd an honest heart,
And chear'd the labours of a faithful spouse;
That virtue form'd, for every decent part,
The healthful offspring that adorn'd their house.

[p. 120]