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Robert Stephen Hawker (1803-1875)

On the Grave of a Child in Morwenstow Churchyard


              1Those whom God loves die young;
              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).


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

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
First publication date: 1846
Publication date note: Echoes from Old Cornwall (1846).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/4/29

Composition date: 1840
Composition date note: Cornish Ballads (1908): 66.
Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abab


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