An Epitaph on a Notorious Sodomite, 1764

Reverend Samuel Rogers was the Rector of Chellington, in Bedfordshire. He should not be confused with the younger and more famous poet of the same name, who was born in 1764.

A N   E P I T A P H
O N   A
N O T O R I O U S   S O D O M I T E.

HERE of a man, a PATHIC known,
            All that was mortal rotting's laid;
Chaste earth his body blush to own,

PLUTO himself was in a fright,
            When first he saw him make his coast;
And to prevent the odious sight,
            In sulphur wrapt the SHITTEN GHOST.

If such the curse this vice inflicts,
            Hence let the living fear its fate;
And wisely shun the dire effects
            Of mortal and immortal hate.

SOURCE: Samuel Rogers, Poems on Several Occasions, London: Printed by Dryden Leach, for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, 1764 (2 vols), vol. 1, p. 104.

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