1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Garden

Amicus, in "The Present State of Parnassus, a Poetical Essay" The Star and Evening Adverstiser (6 July 1789).



While honest Scorn provokes me to describe
The wonted baseness of the Patron-tribe,
One worthy man is destin'd to remain,
To whom Misfortune never su'd in vain;
In whom good sense and tenderness conspire,
And cool Reflection fans the noblest fire.
He, to support the poor, spends all his days—
Envy for him is prodigal of praise:
He did true Genius strike—an orphan Bard
Hath taste to feel, and justice to reward;
While some sage Friends of Learning scarce allow
A monthly breakfast, and a—civil bow.

Might he with these unhappy verses bear,
My wildest wish is but to suit his ear—
T' amuse the Landlord of my little farm
Would force existence, thro' in age, to charm.
—Weak Hope, adieu! these nerves convulse with pain,
And mortal sickness shoots thro' ev'ry vein—
By cares, infirmities, and years oppress'd,
The long-toil'd intellect retires to rest!
AMICUS.
LAWRENCE-KIRK, 16th June, 1789.

* Our Correspondent has not ventured to name the person whose virtues he so warmly celebrates in the conclusion of his Essay: but by dating it from the village of LAWRENCE-KIRK, he sufficiently fixes the identity of his LANDLORD.—The learned JUDGE, to whom we allude, possesses, in an unlimited degree, the affections of his Countrymen on the North of the Tweed; at least it would be difficult to point out a character so universally or so deservedly beloved.