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Poem by Walter Scott


Designed for a Monument in Lichfield Cathedral, at the Burial-place of the Family of Miss Seward

AMID these aisles, where once his precepts showed
The heavenward pathway which in life he trode,
This simple tablet marks a fathers bier,
And those he loved in life in death are near;
For him, for them, a daughter bade it rise,
Memorial of domestic charities.
Still wouldst thou know why, oer the marble spread,
In female grace the willow droops her head;
Why on her branches, silent and unstrung,
The minstrel harp is emblematic hung;
What poets voice is smothered here in dust
Till waked to join the chorus of the just,
Lo! one brief line an answer sad supplies,
Honored, beloved, and mourned, here Seward lies!
Her worth, her warmth of heart, let friendship say,
Go seek her genius in her living lay.

Walter Scott

Walter Scott's other poems:
  1. Lines Addressed to Ranald Macdonald, Esq., of Staffa
  2. On Ettrick Forests Mountains Dun
  3. Cadyow Castle
  4. The Maid of Isla
  5. On the Massacre of Glencoe

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Epitaph ("Stop, Christian passer-by : Stop, child of God")
  • Percy Shelley Epitaph ("These are two friends whose lives were undivided") 1822
  • Robert Southey Epitaph ("HERE, in the fruitful vales of Somerset")
  • Thomas Hardy Epitaph ("I never cared for Life: Life cared for me")
  • Abraham Cowley Epitaph ("Underneath this marble stone")
  • Katherine Philips Epitaph ("What on Earth deserves our trust?")
  • Edna Millay Epitaph ("Heap not on this mound")
  • Elinor Wylie Epitaph ("For this she starred her eyes with salt")

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