1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Edmund Cartwright, "To Mr. Warton. Written in the Year 1776" Cartwright, Sonnets to Eminent Men (1783) 5.



Warton, the wonder of a thankless age!
Thine are the varied gifts, the skill divine
To strike the solemn lyre with Pindar's rage;
Learning and wit, with Lucian, to combine;
Or dig, unwearied in thy toilsome mine,
Antiquity, with wealth time-hidden fraught;
From dust and dross the purer ore refine,
And pick with patient care the spars of thought.
Ah say, what fair reward confirms thy fame?
Alas! regardless of thy evening hour,
Unletter'd envy bars thy titled claim,
And suppler virtue wins the smile of power!
And yet, when power's proud pageantry is past,
And Envy's snakes are dead, thy name shall last!