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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Epitaphs
On Sir William Trumbull
 
        
One of the Principal Secretaries of State to King William III
  
  Who, having resigned his Place, died in his retirement at Easthamsted, in Berkshire, 1716.

A PLEASING Form, a firm, yet cautious Mind;
Sincere, tho’ prudent; constant, yet resign’d:
Honour unchanged, a Principle profest,
Fix’d to one side, but mod’rate to the rest:
An honest Courtier, yet a Patriot too,        5
Just to his Prince, and to his Country true:
Fill’d with the Sense of age, the Fire of youth,
A scorn of Wrangling, yet a zeal for Truth;
A gen’rous Faith, from superstition free,
A love to Peace, and hate of Tyranny;        10
Such this Man was, who now, from earth remov’d,
At length enjoys that Liberty he lov’d.
 
 
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