20. Yet even these bones from insult to protect Some frail memorial still erected nigh,
With uncoutn rhimes and shapeless sculpture deck'd, Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.
21. Their name, their years, spelt by th' unletter'd muse, The place of fame and elegy supply:
And many a holy text around she strews, That teach the rustic moralist to die.
22. For who, to dumb Forgetfulness a prey, This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, Nor cast one longing ling'ring look behind? ,
23. On some fond breast the parting soul relies, Some pious drops the closing eye requires; Ev'n from the tomb the voice of Nature cries, Ev'n in our Ashes live their wonted Fires.
24. For thee, who mindful of th' unhonour'd Dead Dost in these lines their artless tale relate;
If chance, by lonely contemplation led, Some kindred Spirit 'shall inquire thy fate,
25. Haply some, hoary-headed Swain may say, „Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn „Brushing with hasty steps the dews away, „To meet the sun upon the upland lawn.
.26. „There at the foot of yonder nodding beech, „That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high, „His listless length at noontide would he stretch, „And pore upon the brook that babbles by.
27. „Hard by yon wood, now smiling as in scorn, „Mutt'ring his wayward fancies he would rove, „Now drooping, woeful wan, like one forlorn, „Or craz'd with care, or cross'd in hopeless love.
28. „One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill, „Along the heath and near his fav'rite tree; „Another came; nor yet beside the rill,
„Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he;