1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Philanthropos, "To Edmund Burke, Esq. on his late Reflections on the Revolution in France" St. James's Chronicle (15 January 1791).



Hail, Burke, thou prop of Virtue's sacred laws,
Thou firm protector of thy country's cause.
Justly you think, and on each thought refine,
Conviction dwells on each succeeding line.
To thee all nations grateful bend the knee,
Their rights and wrongs are now defin'd by thee.
Accept these lines, the transport of a Friend,
Who hopes, by thy advice, to live and men.