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[ed.] "On the fifth night of the Gordon Riots, Tuesday, 6 June 1780, the mob attacked the Bloomsbury Square house of William Murray, first Earl of Mansfield (1705–93), Lord Chief Justice from 1756 to 1788. The rioters looted the house, burned its contents on the street, and then set fire to the building itself." (Baird/Ryskamp [1980-95], vol. 1, 411.) (AH)

1 WHEN wit and genius meet their doom
2 In all devouring flame,
3 They tell us of the fate of Rome,
4 And bid us fear the same.
5 O'er MURRAY'S loss the muses wept,
6 They felt the rude alarm,
7 Yet bless'd the guardian care that kept
8 His sacred head from harm.
9 There mem'ry, like the bee that's fed
10 From Flora's balmy store,
11 The quintessence of all he read
12 Had treasur'd up before.
13 The lawless herd with fury blind
14 Have done him cruel wrong,
15 The flow'rs are gone but still we find
16 The honey on his tongue.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON THE SAME.
Themes: poetry; literature; writing; grief; sadness
Genres: eulogy

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Cowper, William, 1731-1800. Poems: by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1782, p. 319. [4],367,[1]p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T14895; OTA K027775.000) (Page images digitized by the University of California Libraries.)

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