The Levelled Churchyard

"O passenger, pray list and catch
  Our sighs and piteous groans,
Half stifled in this jumbled patch
  Of wrenched memorial stones!

"We late-lamented, resting here,
  Are mixed to human jam,
And each to each exclaims in fear,
  'I know not which I am!'

"The wicked people have annexed
  The verses on the good;
A roaring drunkard sports the text
  Teetotal Tommy should!

"Where we are huddled none can trace,
  And if our names remain,
They pave some path or p-ing place
  Where we have never lain!

"There's not a modest maiden elf
  But dreads the final Trumpet,
Lest half of her should rise herself,
  And half some local strumpet!

"From restorations of Thy fane,
  From smoothings of Thy sward,
From zealous Churchmen's pick and plane
  Deliver us O Lord! Amen!"

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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy, was a Scottish Minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Professor of Eccesiastical History at Edinburgh University. more…

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