1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Henry James Pye, "To the Author of Cottage Pictures; or, the Poor" Pratt, Cottage Pictures (1803) 1.



Oft have the splendid offerings of the Nine
With adulation heaped Ambition's shrine;
Oft have they hung their laurels round her car,
And hymn'd her progress through the paths of war;
But, seldom have their votaries turn'd the eye,
Where the pale Sons of Want and Sorrow lie;
Or taught the ear, fastidious to endure
"The short and simple Annals of the Poor;"
Yet to the Poor the voice reveal'd of Heaven
Has from on high peculiar blessings given;
Then while the Bard humane, (whose tuneful lay
Now brings their humble virtues into day,)
Bids Wealth to Poverty its succour lend,
Proud of the noblest name "the Poor Man's Friend."
Responsive to his notes the angelic train
Join with their golden harps the kindred strain.