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Project:- England - Norfolk: Dereham and Wymondham

Dereham - Parish Church of St. Nicholas

 

The Cowper Window.

 

"His 1802 memorial by John Flaxman consists of an austere tablet topped by a palm branch, the bible and a copy of one of those verse epics, The Task. The window above, by Heaton Butler and Bayne in 1900, is much better, not least because it features his beloved hares.'

http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/derehamnicholas/derehamnichol..

 

This tablet reads:

 

IN MEMORY

OF WILLIAM COWPER ESQ.

BORN IN HERTFORDSHIRE 1732

BURIED IN THIS CHURCH 1800

YE WHO, WITH WARMTH, THE PUBLIC TRIUMPH FEEL

OF TALENTS DIGNIFIED BY SACRED ZEAL

HERE TO DEVOTION'S BARD DEVOUTLY JUST

PAY YOUR FOND TRIBUTE, DUE TO COWPER'S DUST

ENGLAND EXULTING IN HIS SPOTLESS FAME,

RANKS WITH OUR DEAREST SONS HIS FAV'RITE NAME

SENSE FANCY WIT SUFFICE NOT ALL TO RAISE

SO CLEAR A TITLE TO AFFECTION'S PRAISE

HIS HIGHEST HONOURS TO THE HEART BELONG

HIS VIRTUES FORM'D THE MAGIC OF HIS SONG.

 

(Flickr Interestingness no. 352 on 7th March, 2008.)

 

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As an experiment, and to ensure that folk get to see the scenic photographs as well as the photograph of Tailer, Tailer will be the sixth offering of the day.

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Taken on April 10, 2007