1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Meyler

Henry Harington, "To Farmer M—r; on his late Poetick Address, called Harvest-Home, or The Thespian Farmer" St. James's Chronicle (31 March 1796).



How welcome the Farmer, whose rich-laden cart,
Brings forward his crop to the Thespian Mart;
Well winnow'd from chaff, quite just in its "measure,"
Nor hoards from the hungry, but "feeds" them with — Pleasure.

May the Farm of Parnassus remain in thy hands!
O cease not to cultivate, all — "the waste lands";
Such "fertile improvements," still worthy to follow,
Go, ask a long lease of thy landlord — Apollo.
So grateful the fruits of the soil will appear,
(Tho' scant, or abundant, the chance of the year)
What mortal can hold thy "productions — too dear"?
Agricola
Bath, March 21.

[Note by Meyler in Poetical Amusement on the Journey of Life (1806): "To Dr. Harington, of Bath, the author is indebted for the following highly complimentary lines on the above Address. Strict propriety should, perhaps, have forbidden their appearance here — but he is induced to insert them by the great veneration he has for that learned and worthy character; whose friendship, during a long series of years, has been as much his pleasure and pride, as the Doctor's professional abilities have been of utility to society; or as his poetic and musical productions have been the admiration of the present time, and must continue to delight posterity." 75n]