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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes By Samuel Johnson Characters: 900

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In Westminster Abbey[155].

Thy reliques, Rowe, to this fair urn we trust,

And, sacred, place by Dryden's awful dust;

Beneath a rude and nameless stone he lies,

To which thy tomb shall guide inquiring eyes.

Peace to thy gentle shade, and endless rest!

Blest in thy genius, in thy love, too, blest!

One grateful woman to thy fame supplies

What a whole thankless land to his denies.

Of this inscription the chief fault is, tha

t it belongs less to Rowe, for whom it is written, than to Dryden, who was buried near him; and, indeed, gives very little information concerning either.

To wish "Peace to thy shade," is too mythological to be admitted into a Christian temple: the ancient worship has infected almost all our other compositions, and might, therefore, be contented to spare our epitaphs. Let fiction, at least, cease with life, and let us be serious over the grave.

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