1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Anonymous, "To Mr. Warton, on his Verses on Sir Joshua Reynold's painted Window at Oxford" St. James's Chronicle (1 March 1783).



Ah, faithless Traitor to the Gothick Pile,
The long-embroidered Roof, the lessening Isle!
No more to rouse, beneath th' impurpled Fane,
That darkling gleams upon the frowning Fane!
No longer to pursue thy pensive Way
Where the lone Castle's Battlements decay!
Ere Fashion [rivets?] her tyrranick Chain,
To modern [Merit?] cease to pour the Strain:
And quickly from the gay Delusion haste,
Nor yield a [?] to Reynolds and to Taste!