Born today was poet Thomas Gray,
A one-hit wonder, you might say.
He’s mainly remembered for being the bard
Of “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”.
The excerpt and illustration at the heading of this post is from the above book, an edition of the “Elegy” published by The Heritage Press in 1951. The book’s illustrations are wood-engravings by the incomparable Agnes Miller Parker; she sketched them in the same churchyard —at Stoke Poges, England— where Gray composed his masterpiece. I was fortunate to find a copy of the book on a visit to Galena at the Peace of the Past antique shop, a delightful place for any bibliophile to browse.