1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Peter L. Courtier, "To the Memory of Chatterton" Poems (1796) 21.



Darling of Genius, favourite of the Nine!
Whose rugged fate demands the flowing tear;
Pensive I lay this tribute at thy shrine,
This feeble off'ring to Misfortune's bier.
Grim Poverty, with meagre looking smiles,
Exulting mark'd thee from thy natal hour;
Despair for thee had spread his midnight wiles,
To lure the victim of his iron power.
Ill fated Youth! on thy devoted head
Accumulated peals of Mis'ry burst;—
Frail Happiness before thy presence fled,
The wretched prey of Suicide accurst.
Humanity would veil thy timeless urn!
But weeping Genius still thy destiny shall mourn.