1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Fortescue Hitchins, "A Sonnet to the Rev. Mr. Polwhele" 1809; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 2:630.



Poet! — Historian! (by whatever name
The Muse may hail thee) fain woud I desire
(The strain tho' feeble) that my humble lyre
Might add one flow'ret to thy wreath of Fame.
Nor let the Bard of haughty scorn assail
A bosom lab'ring with poetic fears;
For friendly is the tribute — tho' too frail
To brave (like verse of thine) the shock of years.
Whilst on Oblivion's cloud-encircled plain,
Urged by Despair, I join the plodding throng,
'Tis thine, Polwhele, a deathless name to gain—
The mutual pride of History and of Song.
For as thou mak'st Cornubia's annals known,
The trump that sounds her fame — proclaims thy own!
St. Ives, April 15, 1809.