1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Elisa Spencer, "On Reading a short Panegyrick on Chatterton, in Tasker's Annus Miraabilis" St. James's Chronicle (24 April 1783).



Blest Shade of Chatterton descend!
If yet thou hold'st the Muses dear,
Echo'd with Joy thy Praises penn'd
By Tasker, in his wond'rous Year.

Behold him all thy Worth confess,
In flowing Numbers, fautless Lays;
Who would not suffer thy Distress,
Could they obtain thy deathless Praise?
March 1, 1783.