Lines Composed For A Memorial Of Ashley Cowper, Esq. Immediately After His Death, By His Nephew William Of Weston.

A poem by William Cowper

Farewell! endued with all that could engage
All hearts to love thee, both in youth and age!
In prime of life, for sprightliness enroll’d
Among the gay, yet virtuous as the old;


In life’s last stage (O blessings rarely found!),
Pleasant as youth with all its blossoms crown’d;
Through every period of this changeful state
Unchanged thyself—wise, good, affectionate!


Marble may flatter, and lest this should seem
O’ercharged with praises on so dear a theme,
Although thy worth be more than half supprest,
Love shall be satisfied, and veil the rest.

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