1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Anonymous, "To Edmund Burke, Esq." Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (15 February 1787).



When we behold you shine on life's great stage,
With all the wisdom of the Grecian sage;
To start the champion of fair Freedom's cause,
And glow with ardor to defend her laws.
To hurl defiance at the venal tribe,
And bid corruption drop the baleful bribe;
Implies a noble dignity of mind,
And lib'ral thoughts by no mean views confin'd.
Go on, great Sir, thy guardian hand extend,
To save a realm from dangers which impend;
And let the Muse, predictive of success,
Applaud that merit Patriots must confess.