1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Meyler

John Taylor Esq., "A Tribute to the Memory of the late Mr. William Meyler, of Bath" Gentleman's Magazine 97 (July 1827) 73.



MEYLER, descended from the Bards of yore,
Whose genius he by sure transmission bore,
MONA* in him, with pride, must fondly trace
The lineal offspring of her ancient race.
What though he soar'd not to the proud sublime,
Humour and energy enrich'd his rhyme;
Yet had he try'd to stretch his Muse's flight,
She might have reach'd some bold parnassian height,
But, better far, he urg'd her WORTH to hail,
Spread moral truth, and tell the pleasing tale.
Loyal and prompt to set the Patriot's part,
Humanity and honour rul'd his heart.
BATH holds his reliques as a sacred prize,
For there "in yonder cave a DRUID lies."

* This gentleman was a native of the Isle of Anglesea.