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EPITAPHS AND INSCRIPTIONS.
ON THE REV. MR. PENROSE.
Thirty-two years Vicar of St. Gluvias, Cornwall.
If social manners, if the gentlest mind,
The path of duty still, untired, he trod,
ON MRS. BLANDFORD.
Meek shade, farewell! go seek that quiet shore
ON MRS. LITTLE,
In Redcliffe Church, Bristol.
virtue kindled in thy breast.
ON GENERAL LAWRENCE,
Memorable for his Conquests in India, and for his Clemency to
BORN to command, to conquer, and to spare,
*Major-General Stringer Lawrence died in 1775, at Haldonhouse, the seat of his friend Sir Robert Palk, in Devonshire. The India company erected a monument to his memory in Westminster Abbey; and Sir Robert another, still more elegant, in the parish church of Dunchideock, in Devonshire, on which last, this epitaph is incribed.
ON THE REV. MR. HUNTER Who, in 1771, received a degree from the University of Oxford
for his work against Lord Bolingbroke's philosophy. Go, happy spirit, seek that blissful land Where zealous Michael leads the glorious band Of those who fought for truth; blest spirit, go, And perfect all the good begun below: Go, hear applauding saints, delighted, tell How vanquished falsehood, at thy bidding, fell ! Blest in that heaven, whose paths, thy virtues sought; Blest in that God whose cause thou well hast fought; O let thy honour'd shade his care approve, Who this memorial rears of filial love : A son, whose father, living, was his pride; A son who mourns that such a father died.
The Rev. Thomas Hunter, M. A. vicar of Weaverham, in Cheshire, died there in 1778. This epitaph was written at the request of his son; and Dr. Stonhouse says, the composition took the author only a few minutes. Two volumes of Mr. Hunter's sermons were published after his death, by subscription. Besides his answer to Bolinbroke, he wrote an excellent tract on the corrupt principles of Chesterfield.—ED.
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. ELIZABETH IVES,
Aged 91, of Northampton.
HER pious and useful life was extended to an honourable old
age, and closed by an exemplary death.
Her Charity had its source in Religion: Her love of her neighbour was the genuine effect
of her love of God :
and she died in Hope,
ON CLUER DICEY, ESQ.
In Claybrook Church, Leicestershire.
O THOU, or friend or stranger, who shalt tread
ON A YOUNG LADY.
Go, peaceful shade! exchange for sin and care
Those silent graces which the good conceal,
INSCRIPTION ON A CENOTAPH
IN A GARDEN,
Erected to a deceased Friend.
Ye liberal souls who rev'rence Friendship's name,
have known what anguish rends the heart, When such, so known, so lov'd, for ever part; Approach !-For
the mourner rears this stone, To sooth your sorrows, and record his own.
ON THE REV. MR. LOVE,*
In the Cathedral at Bristol.
When worthless grandeur fills the embellish'd urn,
No poignant grief attends the sable bier ; But when distinguish'd excellence we mourn,
Deep is the sorrow, genuine is the tear. Stranger ! shouldst thou approach this awful shrine
The merits of the honour'd dead to seek ; The friend, the son, the christian, the divine, Let those who knew him, those who lov'd him
speak. O let them in some pause of anguish say,
What zeal inflam'd, what faith enlarg'd his breast i How glad th' unfetter'd spirit wing'd its way
From earth to heaven, from blessing to be blest !
Samuel Love, M. A. Fellow of Baliol college, Oxford, and one of the minor canons of Bristol cathedral, died at the early age of twenty-nine, in 1773. In such estimation was he held for his piety and eloquence, that a subscription was entered into for the erection of a monument to his memory.