Did I ever tell you the parody of Cowley's elegiac lines on Crashaw that Rossetti once made at my instigation for the opening couplet of an Epicede
on Francois Villon, poet, pimp and pickpocket?
Claude Summers treats the Epicede
and Obsequy, suggesting why these remain the least appreciated of Donne's works, but noting good ways in which they share Donnean qualities (286).
The Epithalamions, Anniversaries, and Epicedes
, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.
Summers suggests that Donne did so not long before 1616 in four poems Summers groups under Epicedes
1) Jasper Mayne, `On Dr Donnes Death', in John Donne, The Epithalamions Anniversaries and Epicedes