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SONNET.

TO MATTHEW BARNARD
b The sexton of the parish.
.

1 MATTHEW, whose skilful hand and well-worn spade
2 Shall soon be call'd to make the humble bed,
3 Where I at last shall rest my weary head,
4 And form'd of dust again in dust be laid;
5 Near, but not in the Church of God, be made
6 My clay-cold cell, and near the common tread
7 Of passing friends; when number'd with the dead,
8 We're equall all, and vain distinctions fade:
9 The cowslip, violet, or the pale primrose
10 Perhaps may chance to deck the verdant sweard;
11 Which twisted briar or hasle-bands entwine;
12 Symbols of life's soon-fading glories those
13 Do thou the monumental hillock guard
14 From trampling cattle, and the routing swine.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. TO MATTHEW BARNARD.
Themes: death
Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
References: DMI 32630

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 56. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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