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ON MRS. CLARKE.
[This Lady, the Wife of Dr. Clarke, Physician at Epsom, died April 27,
1757; and is buried in the Church of Beckenham, Kent.]
Lo! where this silent marble weeps,
A Pang, to secret sorrow dear;
ON SIR WILLIAM WILLIAMS*.
[This Epitaph was written at the request of Mr. Frederick Montagu,
who intended to have inscribed it on a Monument at Bellisle, at the siege of which this accomplished youth was killed, 1761; but from some difficulty attending the erection of it, this design was not executed.]
HERE, foremost in the dangerous paths of fame, Young Williams fought for England's fair re
nown; His mind each Muse, each Grace adorn'd his frame,
Nor Envy dar'd to view him with a frown.
At Aix, his voluntary sword he drew ,
There first in blood his infant honour seal'd; From fortune, pleasure, science, love he flew,
And scorn'd repose when Britain took the field. With eyes of flame, and cool undaunted breast,
* Sir William Peere Williams, bart. a Captain in Burgoyne's dragoons.
(1) Sir William Williams, in the Expedition to Aix, was on board the Magnanime with Lord Howe; and was deputed to receive the capitulation.
Victor he stood on Belleisle's rocky steepsAh, gallant youth! this marble tells the rest,
Where melancholy Friendship bends and weeps. E LEGY
A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD.
(Originally called by Mr. Gray, “Stanzas written in a Country Church
Yard. The following Analysis of this poem, which has been often sid to be
without a Plan, was sketched by the late Mr. Scott, of Amwell: “ The Poet very graphically describes the process of a calm evening,
“ in which he introduces himself wandering near a Country Church“ yard. From the sight of the place, le takes occasion, by a few “ natural and simple, but important circumstances, to characterize “ the life of a peasant; and observes, that it need not be disdained “ by ambition or grandeur, whose most distinguished superioritics “ inust all terminate in the grave. He then proceeds to intimate, “ that it was not from any natural inequality of abilities, but from “ want of acquired advantages, as riches, knowledge, &c. that the “ humble race, whose place of interment he was surveying, did not “ rank with the most celebrated of their cotemporaries. The same “ impediments, however, which obstructed their course to greatness, “ he thinks also precluded their progress in vice; and, consequently, “ that what was lost in one respect was gained in the other. From " this reflection he not unnaturally proceeds to remark on that uni“ versality of regard to the deceased, which produces, even for these “ humble villagers a commemoration of their past existence. Then “ turning his attention to himself, he indulges the idea of his being “ commemorated in the same manner, and introduces an Epitaph " which he supposes to be employed on the occasion.”
See Scott's Critical Essays, 8vo. 1785.)