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Heaven gives us friends to bless the present state
Published as the Act directs by J.Koach. Russell Court May 16.1792.
WESTMINSTER ÅBBEY ;
to which are added
Among the Tombs,
by the Rev M. Moore of Cornwall, The GRAVE, by R.BLAIR, & GRAY'S ELEGY in a Country Church Yard;
with occasional Notes & Illustrations.
The Fourth Edition with additions
by the Author
man at his bes
Dust the art Kunto Dust
Earth's highest station ends in Mere he lies.
Printed by and for J.Roach Rufrell Court Drury Lane 1792.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY. ·
THE following Reflections, fuggefted by a contemplative walk among the Monuments in WESTMINSTER ABBEY, as they hold out leffons of moment and importance to men in general, are worthy the remembrance and regard of all. G. W.
We read their monuments; we figh; and while.,
HAIL, facred Fane! amidst whofe ftately thrines, Her conftant vigils, Melancholy keeps *;
(Whilft on her arm her grief-worn cheek reclines) And o'er the fpoils of human grandeur weeps.
The long drawn aifles and penfive vaults of this venerable pile of gothic magnificence, diffufe over the mind a pleafing melancholy; while the eye is on every fide attracted by the ftoried urn and animated buft, which commemorate the virtues of the monarch, the abilities of the ftatefman, or the atchievements of the hero.
Hail, ancient Edifice! thine aifles along,
What pleafing fadnefs fills my thoughtful breast
Here terminate ambition's airy schemes †,
* Walks among the tombs, effecially in an ancient Abbey, aturally tend to fuggeft reflections of a pleasant melancholy ure, truly interefting, ufeful, and inftructive.
+ Hitherto mayft thou go, but no farther, and here fhall thy proud waves be ftay'd. JOB XXXviii. 11.