1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith of Covent Garden

John Taylor Esq., "To William Smith, Esq." The Sun (11 October 1817).



Dear Sir, the Pheasant came to-day,
Though dead, yet still in plumage gay,
And, therefore, upon honour,
When I shall taste thy gift so kind,
A bumper from a friendly mind,
Shall sparkle for the Owner.

And, when by Fate's resistless blow,
Thou, like the Pheasant, shalt lie low,
By all lamented here,—
Then, may thy Spirit wing its way,
In pure celestial plumage gay,
To Heav'n's eternal Year.
T.

* The Gentleman, so long an ornament of the London Stage, resides at Bury St. Edmund's, in good health, and spirits, and in complete possession of his intellective powers, on the verge of his 88th year.