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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

To Him Is Reared No Marble Tomb

William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)

TO him is reared no marble tomb,

Within the dim cathedral fane;

But some faint flowers of summer bloom,

And silent falls the wintry rain.

No village monumental stone

Records a verse, a date, a name—

What boots it? when the task is done,

Christian, how vain the sound of fame!