1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Margaret Holford, in "Experience to the Poet" Monthly Mirror 15 (June 1803) 412.



Oh Chatterton! how gay thy morn arose!
Bright on thy youth celestial Genius smil'd,
But Poverty thy heart's warm current froze,
And Misery clasp'd thee, her devoted child;
Urg'd, while thy lips the poison'd chalice drain'd,
And on thy wasting form each lurid eye-ball strain'd:

Yet from thy breast tho' each fair form was fled,
Pride held her state in thy unconquer'd soul—
"What! shall I, bending low my laurel'd head,
From affluence beg a slowly yielded dole,
From pity's boon life's poor support obtain,
Or drag its weary load in flattery's helot train!"