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"Tis done, 'tis done—the iron hand of pain,

With ruthless fury and corrosive force, Racks every joint, and seizes every vein :

He sinks, he groans, he falls a lifeless corse.
Thus fades the flow'r nipp'd by the frozen gale,

Tho' once so sweet, so lovely to the eye:
Thus the tall oaks, when boist’rous storms assail,

Torn from the earth, a mighty ruin lie,
Ye sacred sisters of the plaintive verse,

Now let the stream of fond affection flow ; ;
O pay your tribute o'er the slow-drawn hearse,
- With all the manly dignity of woe.
Oft when the Curfew tolls its parting knell.

With solem pause yon Church-yard's gloom survey, While Sorrow's sighs and tears of Pity tell

How just the moral of the Poet's lay[75].

O’er his green grave, in Contemplation's guise,

Oft let the pilgrím drop a silent tear : Oft let the shepherd's tender accents rise,

Big with the sweets of each revolving year: Till prostrate Time adore his deathless name,

Fix'd on the solid base of adamantine fame.

[75] Elegy in a Country Church-Yard.

EPITAPH

ON

MR. GRAY's MONUMENT,

IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

BY MR. MASON.

NO more the Grecian Muse unrivall’d reigns, • To Britain let the nations homage pay ! She boasts a Homer's fire in Milton's strains,

A Pindar's rapture in the lyre of GRAY.

FINIS.

[The articles thus * marked have never appeared

in any other Collection of Mr. Gray's Works.]
Life of the Author

he Author - - - - 3

ODES.

ON the Spring . .
On the Death of a favourite Cat
On a distant Prospect of Eton College -
To Adversity. .
The Progress of Poesy -
The Bard
Ode for Music ..
The Fatal Sisters
The Descent of Odin ..
The Triumphs of Owen
*A Prose Version of the Original
The Death of Hoel

MISCELLANIES.
A Long Story - - - -
Elegy written in a Country Church-Yard

Church-Vard

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