1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

William Cameron, in "The Poet's Manual" Poems (1813) 116.



Yet ah! What forms of ghastly mien appear
To claim the tribute of a parting tear!
Along the dusky grove, with thorn o'erspread,
They sullen glide by grim Misfortune led.
Lo! Arun's bards, a gentle, pensive pair,
Condemn'd the scourge of Famine fierce to bear!
There, Butler see, who wak'd the sparkling flame
Of wit and learning, bigot-rage to shame!
There Chatterton mad driven by grief and pain,
In dungeon dark the poison'd bowl to drain!