AND THOU ART DEAD, AS YOUNG AND FAIR.
Heu, quanto minus est cum reliquis versari quam tui merminisse!"
And thou art dead, as young and fair
As aught of mortal birth;
And form so soft, and charms so rare,
Too soon returned to Earth!
Though Earth received them in her bed,
And o'er the spot the crowd may tread
In carelessness or mirth,
There is an eye which could not brook
A moment on that grave to look.
- Stanzas.—[Editions 1812-1831.]
- ["The Lovers' Walk is terminated with an ornamental urn, inscribed to Miss Dolman, a beautiful and amiable relation of Mr. Shenstone's, who died of the small-pox, about twenty-one years of age, in the following words on one side:—
On the other side—
ah Flore venvstatis abrepta,
hev qvanto minvs est
cvm reliqvis versari
(From a Description of the Leasowes, by A. Dodsley; Poetical Works of William Shenstone , p. xxix.)]
- Are mingled with the Earth.—[MS.]
Were never meant for Earth.—[MS. erased.]
- Unhonoured with the vulgar dread.—[MS. erased.]