On the Grave of a Child in Morwenstow Churchyard

Original Text: 
Rev. R. S. Hawker, The Cornish Ballads And other Poems (Oxford and London: James Parker, 1869): 172. Facsimile Reproduction with an intro. by Kay J. Walter and Terence Allan Hoagwood. Delmar, N.Y.: Scholars' Facsimiles, 1994. PR 4759 H9C6 1869a Robarts Library
2    They see no evil days;
3No falsehood taints their tongue,
4    No wickedness their ways.
5Baptized -- and so made sure
6    To win their safe abode;
7What could we pray for more?
8    They die, and are with God.

Notes

1] This epitaph was "on a stone near the south wall of the Church" and commemorated "the son of the Rev. Ezekiel Athanasius Rouse" (C. E. Byles, The Life and Letters of R. S. Hawker [John Lane, the Bodley Head, 1906]: 142-43). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1846
Publication Notes: 
Echoes from Old Cornwall (1846).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2002
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