A TRANSLATION OF THE LATIN EPITAPH ON SIR THOMAS HANMER.
1 THOU, who survey'st these walls with curious eye,
2 Pause at this tomb where HANMER's ashes lie;
3 His various worth through varied life attend,
4 And learn his virtues, while thou mourn'st his end.
5 His force of genius burn'd in early youth,
6 With thirst of knowledge, and with love of truth;
7 His learning, join'd with each endearing art,
8 Charm'd every ear, and gain'd on every heart.
9 Thus early wise, the endanger'd realm to aid,
10 His country call'd him from the studious shade;
11 In life's first bloom his publick toils began,
12 At once commenc'd the Senator and Man.
13 In business dextrous, weighty in debate,
14 Thrice ten long years he labour'd for the state;
15 In every speech persuasive Wisdom flow'd,
16 In every act refulgent Virtue glow'd.[Page 252]
17 Suspended Faction ceas'd from rage and strife,
18 To hear his eloquence, and praise his life.
19 Resistless merit fix'd the Senate's choice,
20 Who hail'd him Speaker, with united voice.
21 Illustrious Age! how bright thy glories shone,
22 When HANMER fill'd the chair, and ANNE the throne.
23 Then, when dark arts obscur'd each fierce debate,
24 When mutual frauds perplex'd the maze of state,
25 The moderator firmly mild appear'd,
26 Beheld with love, with veneration heard.
27 This task perform'd, he sought no gainful post,
28 Nor wish'd to glitter at his country's cost;
29 Strict, on the right he fix'd his stedfast eye,
30 With temperate zeal, and wise anxiety;
31 Nor e'er from Virtue's path was lur'd aside,
32 To pluck the flowers of Pleasure or of Pride.
33 Her gifts despis'd, Corruption blush'd and fled,
34 And Fame pursu'd him where Conviction led.
35 Age call'd at length his active mind to rest,
36 With honour sated, and with cares opprest;
37 To letter'd ease retir'd, and honest mirth,
38 To rural grandeur, and domestic worth;
39 Delighted still to please mankind, or mend,
40 The Patriot's fire yet sparkled in the Friend.
41 Calm Conscience then his former life survey'd,
42 And recollected toils endear'd the shade;
43 Till Nature call'd him to the general doom,
44 And Virtue's sorrow dignify'd his tomb.
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Title (in Source Edition): A TRANSLATION OF THE LATIN EPITAPH ON SIR THOMAS HANMER.
Author: Samuel Johnson
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