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How fondly will She then repay
Thy homage offered at her shrine,
And blend, while Ages roll away,
Her name immortally with thine !
April 19h, 1812.
MONODY ON THE DEATH OF THE RIGHT
HONOURABLE R. B. SHERIDAN.
Spoken at Drury Lane Theatre.
When the last sunshine of expiring day
In summer's twilight weeps itself away,
Who hath not felt the softness of the hour
Sink on the heart, as dew along the flower ?
While Nature makes that melancholy pause,
Her breathing moment on the bridge where Time Of light and darkness forms an arch sublime,
Who hath not shared that calm so still and deep, A
The voiceless thought which would not speak but
A holy concord—and a bright regret,
A glorious sympathy with suns that set?
"Tis not harsh sorrow-but a tenderer woc,
Nameless, but dear to gentle hearts below,
A sweet dejection-a transparent tear
Shed without shame--and secret without pain.
Even as the tenderness that hour instils
When Summer's day declines along the hills, 20
So feels the fulness of our heart and eyes,
When all of Genius which can perish dies.
A mighty Spirit is eclipsed--a Power
Hath passed from day to darkness-to whose hour
Of light no likeness is bequeathed-no name,
Focus at once of all the rays of Fame !.
The flash of Wit-the bright Intelligence,
The beam of Song--the blaze of Eloquence,
Set with their Sun-but still have left behind
The enduring produce of immortal Mind;
Fruits of a genial morn, and glorious noon,
A deathless part of him who died too soon.
But small that portion of the wondrous whole,
Which all embraced and lightened over all,
To cheer-to pierce-to please-or to appal.
From the charmed council to the festive board,
Of human feelings the unbounded lord;
In whose acclaim the loftiest voices vied,
The praised-the proud-who made his praise their
» When the loud cry of trampled Hindostan
Arose to Heaven in her appeal from man,
Till vanquished senates trembled as they praised.
And here, oh! here, where yet all young and
The gay creations of his spirit charm, ,
Which knew not what it was to intermit;