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John Stagg

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John Stagg, born in 1770, is the author of The Cumbrian Minstrel (T. Wilkinson, 1821); The Minstrel of the North: Or, Cumbrian Legends (Hamblin and Seyfang, 1810); and Miscellaneous Poems (Carlisle, 1804), among others. He is best known for his poem “The Vampyre.” He died in Workington, England, in 1823.

by this poet

"Why looks my lord so deadly pale?
   Why fades the crimson from his cheek?
What can my dearest husband ail?
   Thy heartfelt cares, O Herman, speak!

"Why, at the silent hour of rest,
   Dost thou in sleep so sadly mourn?
Has tho' with heaviest grief oppress'd,
   Griefs too distressful to be borne.