Elegy For Alun [Reverend John Blackwell, 1797-1840]

Alun---revered "priest, poet, literary man"---

you wrote fine verses during your life's shortened span.
And, as before your tombstone, pilgrim poets pass

by, no snakes linger in that churchyard's sacred grass.



Author's Notes/Comments: 

The three terms quoted in the first line are inscribed, in Welsh, on Alun's tombstone.  The last line alludes to both Genesis 3 and Vergil's Third Eclogue.

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