1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hector Macneill

William Preston, in "To Robert Anderson" Poetical Register for 1805 (1807) 169.



And now from pity genius learns the strain
Of moral warning to the simple swain;
And while it seems to flow devoid of art,
I hail the effusion of a patriot's heart;
The scaith of Erin and of Scotia mourn,
And sigh that Will and Jeannie sink forlorn;
Then drop a tear for those that wander far,
Thro' scenes of blood, and all the woes of war.