I have four questions regarding Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard".
What is the subject of "molest" in this stanza?
Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tow'r
The moping owl does to the moon complain
Of such as, wand'ring near her secret bow'r,
Molest her ancient solitary reign.
What do the "you" & "ye" pronouns stand for in the following stanza:
Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault,
If mem'ry o'er their tomb no trophies raise,
Where thro' the long-drawn isle and fretted vault,
The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.
What does "her" stand for in the following stanza:
But knowledge to their eyes her ample page
Rich with the spoils of time did ne'er unroll;
Chill penury repress'd their noble rage,
And froze the genial current of the soul.
What does "he" stand for in the following stanza:
Hard by yon wood, now smiling as in scorn,
Mutt'ring his wayward fancies he would rove,
Now drooping, woeful wan, like one forlorn,
Or craz'd with care, or cross'd in hopeless love.