1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Thomas Percy

Thomas Stott, "Sonnet. On the Bishop of Dromore's completing the 80th Year of his Age, April 24, 1809" The Morning Post (6 May 1809).



Mark yonder stately aged forest tree,
That spreads abroad its venerable shade,
Shelt'ring from blast of cold inclemency
Each plant beneath its kind protecting aid.
Of PERCY, in his eightieth year survey'd,
A type, methinks, that noble tree appears,
Whose intellectual vigour undecay'd,
Still blooms conspicuous in the vale of years.
The child of want his frequent bounty cheers—
Genius he fosters — merit he befriends—
Learning his talents and his taste reveres,
And Piety his practice recommends.
Ev'n Time regards him with a partial eye,
Conceals the fatal scythe, and passes harmless by.