1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Edmund Cartwright

Edmund Cartwright, "Stanzas written by the late scientific Dr. Cartwright, on his seventy-second Birth-day" 1815; Morning Post (10 January 1824).



To fame and fortune adieu!
The toils of ambition are o'er;
Let folly these phantoms pursue,
I now will be cheated no more.

Resignation be mine, and repose—
So shall life be unclouded at last;
And while I prepare for its close,
I will think with a smile on the past.

But, as still to the world must be given
Some whare of life's limited span,
The thoughts that ascend not to Heaven
I'll give to the service of man.