1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dyer

Thomas Park, "On Seeing the Name of Dyer excluded from a List of English Poets, descanted upon in The Village Curate," Sonnets, and other small Poems (1797) 17.



And are thy strains unheeded, gentle Bard,
In this fair muster-roll of British rhyme;
Could Grongar's beauties vainly claim regard
By pictur'd sentiment, or numerous chime?
Must Latium's fall, with sympathetic doom,
Whelm in oblivion the Poet's lay;
Or every well-sung labour of the Loom
Sink, like its patriot-subject, to decay?
Yet, virtuous Dyer! tho' tis still thy fate
To grasp no guerdon from fastidious fame,
Because on truth thy Muse made fancy wait,
Far less to trifle than to teach her aim;
Yet shall the mind unsway'd by critic-state,
Cherish thy memory, and respect thy name.