1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

Anonymous, "On Seeing the Tragedy of Sir Thomas Overbury" Morning Chronicle (6 February 1777).



Such is the virtue of this gen'rous Isle,
The bard who starv'd — we give a pompous pile:
SAVAGE — who wag'd eternal war with peace,
And only knew of misery encrease,
Gave these fair scenes to chance and future fame,
And damn'd a SOMERSET to endless shame:
His blotted pages wear a fairer dress,
Correct, our Printer gives them from his press.