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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

CENOTAPH

See "Elegiac Stanzas. Addressed to Sir G. H. B. upon the death
of his Sister-in-Law."

In affectionate remembrance of Frances Fermor, whose remains are deposited in the church of Claines, near Worcester, this stone is erected by her sister, Dame Margaret, wife of Sir George Beaumont, Bart., who, feeling not less than the love of a brother for the deceased, commends this memorial to the care of his heirs and successors in the possession of this place. BY vain affections unenthralled, Though resolute when duty called To meet the world's broad eye, Pure as the holiest cloistered nun That ever feared the tempting sun, Did Fermor live and die. This Tablet, hallowed by her name, One heart-relieving tear may claim; But if the pensive gloom Of fond regret be still thy choice, Exalt thy spirit, hear the voice Of Jesus from her tomb! "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE"
1824.