1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Bryan Waller, "To the Right Hon. Edmund Burke" Gentleman's Magazine 59 (October 1789) 940.



Antaean Edmund! whose gigantic soul
Recks not the engines of perverted sway,
But free and fearless, in the evil day,
Stretching her flight from Indus to the Pole,
Assiduous shields the liberties of all!
There are (I know) that, like the chattering jay,
Revile the eagle towering on her way,
Whose loud career drown's Envy's silly call.
Dear as thou art to every Sister-Muse,
The Orator, Philosopher, and Sage,
Form'd to redress, and to illume the age,
And universal harmony diffuse:
Sacred to thee bright Fame adorns her page,
And weaves a crown of amaranthine hues.
Cambridge, Feb. 21, 1789.