Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 16: No 2) >> Monody, on the Death of Gen. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney >> Page 21

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Poetry | 1825
Transcription Rear not the senseless stone with useless pelt,
That it the end but tells us of itself--
Live not for glory, but this one truth scan,
Who seeks for memory's note must live for man
Time still progressive gives a brighter clime,
Where life, is freedom, unallied with crime,
There, the proud trophy, that the patriot finds
is the approval of accordant minds ;
The grateful knowledge that his aim and end
Is mankind's weal, and ev'ry man's his friend.
Such is the trophied bust that memory rears,
O'er Pinckney's tomb, made sacred by her tears