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PwV - Literary Manuscripts in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection, 16th-19th centuries
Pw V 304
MS poem, entitled 'Epitaph', by William Mason and Thomas Gray; n.d.
Text consists of 16 lines. Final four lines are said to be by Mason's close friend, the poet Thomas Gray.
Epitaph written in memory of Mason's wife Mary (d 1767 of consumption), and set up in Bristol Cathedral.
Title Of Work
First Line of Poem
Take, holy Earth, all that my Soul holds dear!
Last Line of Poem
And bids the pure in Heart behold their God
Watermark: Strasbourg lily, within crowned shield, unclear (fragment), approx. 50 x 65 mm
Crum, Index, T 22
University of Nottingham Library: Pw V 1010/2
University of Nottingham Library:
Another version, entitled 'Epitaph on Mrs. Mason in Bristol Cathedral'
Gentleman's Magazine, lxiv, 7 January 1794 & W. Mason, Works (London, 1811) vol i, p 137 & I.A. Williams, Shorter Poems of the 18th Century (London, 1923) p 359
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Dates of existence
Mason; Mary (-1767); Mrs; wife of William Mason
Mason; William (1724-1797); Mr; poet
Gray; Thomas (1716-1771); poet
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