Stephen Paxton
(1734 - 1787)

Make there my tomb
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Between 1763 and 1794 Thomas Warren published, through differing publishers, an annual collection of catches, canons and glees, under the aegis of the Catch Club. This item was published in the twenty-fourth collection.
Lyrics: Charlotte Turner Smith

Make there my tomb beneath the lime-tree's shade,
Where grass and flow'rs in wild luxuriance wave.
Let no memorial mark where I am laid,
Or point to common eyes the lover's grave.
But oft at twilight morn or closing day,
The faithful friend with falt'ring step shall glide,
Tribute of fond regret by stealth to pay,
And sigh o'er th'unhappy suicide.
And sometimes, when the sun with parting rays
Gilds the long grass that hides my silent head,
The tear shall tremble in my Charlotte's eyes;
Dear precious drops, they shall embalm the dead.
Yes - Charlotte o'er the mournful spot shall weep,
Where her poor Werter and his sorrows sleep.