For the Cenotaph at Ermenonville

Robert Southey

STRANGER! the MAN OF NATURE lies not here:
Enshrin'd far distant by his rival's side
His relics rest, there by the giddy throng
With blind idolatry alike revered!
Wiselier directed have thy pilgrim feet
Explor'd the scenes of Ermenonville. ROUSSEAU
Loved these calm haunts of Solitude and Peace;
Here he has heard the murmurs of the stream,
And the soft rustling of the poplar grove,
When o'er their bending boughs the passing wind
Swept a grey shade. Here if thy breast be full,
If in thine eye the tear devout should gush,
His SPIRIT shall behold thee, to thine home
From hence returning, purified of heart.

Ermenonville is famous for its garden named after the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The Park, planned by the Marquis Rene de Girardin, was one of the first examples of French landscape gardening.

Rousseau's "rival" is Voltaire.