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Poem by William Cowper

On The Burning Of Lord Mansfield's Library

On the Burning of Lord Mansfield's Library, Together 
with his MSS. by the Mob, in the Month of June 1780.

So then - the Vandals of our isle,
Sworn foes to sense and law,
Have burnt to dust a nobler pile
Than ever Roman saw!

And Murray sighs o'er Pope and Swift,
And many a treasure more,
The well-judged purchase and the gift
That graced his lettered store.

pages mangled, burnt, and torn,
The loss was
his alone;

But ages yet to come shall mourn
The burning of
his own. 

William Cowper

William Cowper's other poems:
  1. Ephraim Repenting
  2. Of Himself
  3. Peace After A Storm
  4. For the Poor
  5. Lines Written During A Period Of Insanity

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