1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

John Taylor Esq., "To William Gifford, Esq. on his Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson" The Sun (7 August 1816).



GIFFORD, thy zeal deserves a Nation's praise,
Reviving thus Old BEN'S neglected bays:
A Bard Malignity through life assail'd,
And on his injur'd mem'ry had entail'd:
But, struck by thee, Malignity lies dead,
And BEN, now rescu'd, rears his honest head,
Hence shall the votive wreath unfading bloom
Thy hand has planted on his honour'd Tomb.
T.