Lines Written on a Blank Leaf in a Copy of the Author's Poem " The Excursion " , upon Hearing of the Death of the Late Vicar of Kendal

To public notice, with reluctance strong,
Did I deliver this unfinished Song;
Yet for one happy issue; — and I look
With self-congratulation on the Book
Which pious, learned, M URFITT saw and read; —
Upon my thoughts his saintly Spirit fed;
He conned the new-born Lay with grateful heart —
Foreboding not how soon he must depart;
Unweeting that to him the joy was given
Which good men take with them from earth to heaven.
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