The elegy opens on a rural scene at A) |
Then it moves to the country churchyard and the graves of the B) of the village, evoking their simple rural lives.
After describing the sights and sounds of the C) , the poem D) the humble and obscure destinies of the villagers with the public splendours of rich and famous people.
He comments that, among the dead villagers, there were probably defenders of freedom, E) and potential rulers, but poverty and F) of education prevented them from G) fame and success.
On the other hand, they were also H. from becoming tyrants and oppressors of humanity.
Then the poet refers to the monuments erected over the humble I) which are to protect them and to remind the J) of the dead and to teach the former how to die, thus establishing a firm K) of affection between the two.
In the final section of the elegy L) imagines how he will be described after his M) by an old N) of the village: as a man who loved to O) through remote rural places and meditate in P) .
The poem ends with the Q) to be carved on his tombstone. It explains that learning, generosity, M. and faith in God made his life satisfying though he achieved neither R) nor fortune.