Charlotte Smith

(4 May 1749 – 28 October 1806 / London)

Inscription - Poem by Charlotte Smith

On a Stone, in the Church-Yard at Boreham, in
Essex; raised by the Honourable Elizabeth Olmius,
to the memory of Ann Gardner, who died at New
Hall, after a faithful Service of Forty Years.
WHATE'ER of praise, and of regret attend
The grateful servant, and the humble friend,
Where strict integrity and worth unite
To raise the lowly in their Maker's sight,

Are her's; whose faithful service, long approved,
Wept by the mistress whom through life she loved.
Here ends her earthly task; in joyful trust
To share the eternal triumph of the just.


Comments about Inscription by Charlotte Smith

  • Silver Star - 3,687 Points John Richter (1/22/2015 8:09:00 AM)

    Yes, the sentiment of this is quite lovely..... The meter of the last line threw me off a bit - probably an idiosyncratic difference between ours and the stressed syllables of 300 years ago. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010



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