James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
On the Death of Mr. Perceval
By Thomas Moore (17791852)
Spencer Perceval, at that time Prime Minister, was shot in the lobby of the House of Commons on May 11, 1812, by a man named Bellingham who appears to have been moved by private motives, a request of his having been slighted by the Government.
IN the dirge we sung oer him no censure was heard,
Unembittered and free did the teardrop descend;
We forgot in that hour how the statesman had erred,