1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Clare

Incognita, "To John Clare, on reading his Village Minstrel, and other Poems, just published" Morning Post (17 October 1821).



Ah, happy "LUBIN!" could my pen like thine,
Dip in the fount, where dwell the "Sacred Nine,"
I'd offer incense at thy Muse's shrine:
I'd sing thy wond'rous powers of Poesy—
Thy modest worth — and pure simplicity;
How Nature, in her varied colour'd dress,
Enchants thine eye, and doth thy soul possess;
Gives to each simple weed, and tender flower,
A witching charm. In melancholy hour,
Or mirth's gay moment, thou alike canst find
New beauties bloom within thy fertile mind;
Thine is a garden, rich with every sweet,
Where genius — worth, and tenderness do meet,
To make the Poet and the Man complete.
October 11, 1821.