1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Alexander Thomson, "On the Death of Dr. Joseph Warton" Sonnets (1801) 201.



And art thou, venerable WARTON, gone,
Whose charming volumes I so oft explore;
To whom each classic field was largely known,
And whom both Taste and Genius must deplore?
For Genius recollects that Lyric song,
Where Fancy was array'd in richest hues,
And call'd to fire, with emulation strong,
Some new exertion of our Epic Muse:
And Taste remembers well the Judge of POPE,
Who fill'd his critic page with varied lore,
And such attraction mix'd, as none could hope
Again to see — as none had seen before.
For all the pleasure thou hast giv'n my days,
This simple tribute now thy grateful Pupil pays.