1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Anonymous, "On the Death of Dr. Warton, by a Friend" 1800; Poetical Register for 1808-09 (1812) 436.



Say, shall the Muse o'er the fall'n hero's bier
The eternal monument of glory raise,
Swell the loud Paean of harmonious praise,
And high Ambition's banner'd trophies rear,
While silent flows the tributary tear,
Which to her favourite son she sorrowing pays,
Unstrung her useless lyre, and mute her lays?—
But, hark! a strain divine now strikes my ear:
The sacred bard his independent fame,
Shall from his own immortal verse receive!
Soon dies the warrior's and the statesman's name,
His aid if no recording poet give;
But wreaths of endless bloom shall Warton claim,
While wit, while learning, and while fancy live.