1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cowper

Bernard Barton, "William Cowper" Barton, Poetic Vigils (1824) 291.



I know how ill my harp, of artless string,
Can celebrate a Name so dear as thine,
Or offer tribute at thy Memory's shrine,
Which aught of added fame might hope to bring
Unto thy Muse: but thoughts that fondly cling
To hours thy page has brighten'd, would entwine
For thee one simple votive wreath of mine,
Which round thy urn with fearful hand I fling.
The just Memorial of thy genuine worth,
Genius and feelings like thy own must claim,
And where can these be found? yet, while the flame
Which sanctifies The Altar, and Home's hearth,
Shall warm and cheer thy "native nook of earth,"
England with gratitude shall bless thy Name.