1830 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Ebenezer Elliott, 1830 ca.; Russell, Book of Authors (1860) 341-42.



In Severn's vale, a wan and moonstruck boy
Sought by the daisy's side a pensive joy;
Held converse with the sea-birds as they passed,
And strange and dire communion with the blast;
And read in sunbeams and the starry sky
The golden language of eternity.
And saw him and looked sad; the youngest men smiled,
And wondering maidens shunn'd his aspect wild;
But He — the ever kind, the ever wise,
Who sees through fate with omnipresent eyes,
Hid from the mother while she bless'd her son
The woes of genius and of Chatterton.