1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Wolcot

H., "Lines, written under a Minature of John Wolcot, M.D. taken when the Bard was in his 80th Year" The Sun (9 July 1823).



WOLCOT, though laid within the cell
Where Death's subverted victims dwell,
Still in thy hum'rous lines we find
That real wit for mirth designed.

The Painter's art, to Nature true,
Here holds thy living shade to view;
Devonis greets her sons of skill,
Who thus their parts so ably fill.

Conjoined the pen and pencil raise
The by-fork'd trophy, worthy praise:
This on ideas life bestows—
What breathed in that — the other shows.

* This Miniature, which is an admirable likeness, was taken by Mr. LETHBRIDGE, the countryman of the departed Poet, and presented as a tribute of friendship to the Author of the Lines.