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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Epitaphs
On the Hon. Simon Harcourt
 
        
Only Son of the Lord Chancellor Harcourt
  
  At the Church of Stanton-Harcourt, Oxfordshire, 1720.

TO this sad shrine, whoe’er thou art, draw near;
Here lies the Friend most lov’d, the Son most dear;
Who ne’er knew Joy but Friendship might divide,
Or gave his father grief but when he died.
How vain is Reason, Eloquence how weak!        5
If Pope must tell what Harcourt cannot speak.
Oh, let thy once-lov’d friend inscribe thy stone,
And with a father’s sorrows mix his own!
 
 
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